Since 1995, Dutch jazz trumpeter and composer Gerard Kleijn has led a very wide variety of his own groups and has made 12 CD’s as a (co)bandleader, all very well received by the international press and audiences. He played at festivals and venues throughout Europe, Indonesia, Syria, Mexico, Russia and the United States. read further
News: Release new CD: Wild Man Conspiracy & Chris Cheek
Live At The Bimhuis
Label: Red Piano Records – New York – 2018
”An impressive live recording at the Bimhuis full of appealing melodies in a cinematic ambiance starring soloist Chris Cheek who worked with big names like Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell and Brad Mehldau. The band finishes the album with Kleijn’s sublime composition “No More Tango”. Cheek breaks through the melancholy leitmotif with a minute-long compelling solo in which he makes the tenor sax sound like a curious mix of bandoneon and bass clarinet.” Noordhollands Dagblad december 2018 read the complete review” Few bands are as outspoken as Wild Man Conspiracy.
Appealing is the narrative nature of the pieces whereby the music remains accessible at all times. The quartet stands strong like a house harboring many spheres.
Indie, jazz, rock, impro and electronics are all integral part of sometimes unearthly arrangements. Musically very interesting.”Jazzenzo december 2018
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European jazz has had its own voice for years and Gerard Kleijn’s group is a fine example! Jazzreview.com (USA – 2003)
Gerard Kleijn is one of the best young trumpet players I have heard.
His timing, harmonic conception along with his taste and command of the instrument makes me want to hear more of his work.
Saxophonist and jazzlegend Herb Geller (2008)
Short Stories , the latest Wild Man Conspiracy cd was the Downbeat(USA) editor’s pick of January 2017
Taking the listener somewhere completely new
The band is clearly centered in the present
All the material reflects an artistic approach that emphasizes
the importance of the collective over individual contributions
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