Niels van Hoorn
~reviewed by Saint Petrol
I put this disc in, in the midst of a rather horrible day. Valentine's Day, and I just broke up last weekend. You know how it is. Cursing all those damned little hearts everywhere, and those stupid powdery candies that say over and over, "S/he doesn't want you any more." Kind of like having one of your best friends die at a Christmas Party. I know. It ruins everything.
Well. Niels van Hoorn changed my day. I've listened to jazz since I was a youngster, and I'm getting old now. I've never ever heard reeds like this. I keep feeling myself be lifted up. I keep seeing birds on a grey horizon. Life is just better in headphones.
Also, I'm an amateur percussionist, drummer, slave to the djembe, what have you, so, in a small way I can appreciate and tell you; Ryan Moore does some pretty danged cool stuff with congas and drums. The combination of Ryan's rhythm and pulse with Niels' reed instruments (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone sax, and more,) is highly intoxicating.
The mix is like sinking into a warm bath.
Like what I imagine it'd be like to ride in a hot air balloon in a bright
blue sky, somewhere above New Mexico. It's really almost unbelievable
how kindly this music is to the soul. Even when it keens, it soothes.