Eyeopener (2015)

Joel, Klat, Klooster, Vleij, Mercer - Mancini

Klatwerk3

Boelo Klat piano & compositions double-bass
Ruud Vleij   double bass
Ancel Klooster   drums & percussion

The Klatwerk3 CD “Eyeopener” is a musical adventure, with room for reflection.
Klatwerk 3 the piano-trio from Groningen have, after their well-received album “Whow are you” (2012) produced their fourth album “Eyeopener”. With this new album from Boelo Klat (p), Ancel Klooster (d) and Ruud Vleij (b) they have produced a musical adventure, which creates room for reflection.

On the way to New York piano man Boelo Klat solves the financial crisis on his own with the number Money and during the journey he meets a deadlyTarantula.
Making acquaintances with love opens his eyes (Eyeopener) and brings about his odes to his family (Song for my sister), to his musical heros (Walk like Monk) and Abdullah (Ibrahim). He tackles the B.A.R. Blues with his camerades/partners Vleij and Klooster, who support and challenge Klat. Finally ending  in the (Flow)  searching for depth and reflection.

Taken from the origins of Jazz tradition Klatwerk3 seek with this album, which is produced by Aliud Records, quite clearly towards innovation and depth. With a new member (Ruud Vleij) and on a new course Klatwerk3 have developed a matured sound.  Eyeopener with 15 tracks has become a variable album, with full blast swing and crispy funk.

 

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Boelo Klat (Piano) studied classical piano and jazz at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen. In 1990 he won the Middelsee Jazz Concours. He continued his carreer and colleborated with Hanneke Kappen and Jan Glas.

Ruud Vleij (Bass) studied classic bass and bassguitar in The Hague. He worked on many theatre shows and tours, as with his work with Francien van Tuinen and the Noordpoolorkest. Ruud graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Ancel Klooster (Drums) studied classical percussion and drums at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen. At the Drummers Collective in New York he specialised further in the Drums (1994 and 2011).

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Eyeopener (2015)

Joel, Klat, Klooster, Vleij, Mercer - Mancini

Klatwerk3

    PIANIST BOELO KLAT SAYS GOODBYE TO ‘THAT’S HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE’ -

PIANIST BOELO KLAT SAYS GOODBYE TO ‘THAT’S HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE’ Contrary to what has now become the usual practice, the cd ‘Eyeopener’ by Klatwerk3 contains a comprehensive booklet. On reading through the booklet you will of course be manoeuvred in a certain direction. But anyone who can summon up the patience to listen to this remarkable cd by pianist Boelo Klat without first reading the information, will come in for some wonderful surprises. And come to the conclusion that the hitherto little known Boelo Klat is a musician who is not to be underestimated. In any event, musicians - certainly those engaged in improvisational music - should exploit two qualities to the full: instinct and intuition. Intuition will be best suited – let’s keep to pianists for the moment – to classical performers. Indeed, they must keep to the score, but they are at liberty to put their own interpretation into the notes. Instinct, on the other hand, is something we would sooner ascribe to improvisational musicians: only at the moment they touch a key do they decide which note will follow. Of course, it could be that musicians use both instinct and intuition as implements. One man who is definitely gifted in that way, is the pianist Boelo Klat from Groningen. His cd Eyeopener is the direct outcome of what is going on in his head and is passed on to his hands. That is obviously not something unique; it’s what happens to any musician. But Boelo Klat has put his instinct at the service of his intuition and in so doing he has achieved remarkable results. It follows that Eyeopener cannot be classified under a single heading. All sorts of music pass by: light music, a march, melodious musings, harmonious intro’s, free improvisations and a lot of good stuff from modal jazz. But what’s more: you will hear it played as you would want it to be played. Boelo Klat is a kind of wizard, turning suggestions into reality. Who manages to create a make-believe world, offering insights you would not have thought possible. All of which has to do with the twin qualities instinct-intuition, which immerse the music in an air of casualness, as if the pianist has cast aside all the rules of music and is simply doing his own thing. And so defining his own playing, his own sequence, his own identity. That is the way – in fact the only way – to listen to Klat’s fifteen own pieces and arrangements on Eyeopener. Then those surprises I mentioned in the introduction will become apparent as a matter of course. The melting pot of impressions, of styles that Boelo Klat effortlessly handles and to which he gives voice, evoke a sense of parting. Of leaving behind all the good stuff you’ve heard before in your life, stuff that was squeezed into a straitjacket because ‘that’s how it should be done’. Boelo Klat has said goodbye to all that and therein lies the strength of this exceptional cd. In Ruud Vleij on contrabass and Ancel Klooster on drums and percussion the leader-composer has found worthy teammates. They make Klatwerk3 into a solid and unique entity. One that simply has to play this music, music that you can’t leave to anyone else. That goes under the appropriate title of Eyeopener. Then a word about the booklet. Nicely made, with poems to accompany the fifteen pieces. Impressions, as you might call them, that reveal some of the thoughts and ideas of Boelo Klat. Titles such as Walk Like Monk, Song for my Sister, Money and Ibrahim leave little to the imagination. In each there is something of Boelo Klat. That even goes for Moon River by Johnny Mercer and Henri Mancini, arranged by Klat and transformed from croon song to final episode of this remarkable cd Eyeopener. RINUS VAN DER HEIJDEN

RINUS VAN DER HEIJDEN[read full review]

    Klatwerk 3 - Eyeopener (Moorsmagazine.com)

Klatwerk3 is het trio van pianist Boelo Klat, en Eye Opener is de vierde cd van dit opmerkelijke trio, en de eerste met bassist Ruud Vleij. Het album is tot stand gekomen dankzij crowdfunding, en het is meteen ook het beste album dat het trio tot dusver heeft opgenomen, want Klat lijkt met elk album beter te worden. Als componist is hij ook hier weer buitengewoon goed op stoom, met elf sublieme composities, die aangevuld werden met twee korte stukken van drummer Ancel Klooster en contrabassist Ruud Vley. Het album begint en eindigt met een cover – de opener is een bijna onherkenbaar Piano Man van Billy Joel, de afsluiter is het overbekende Moon River. Beide stukken weet Klat volledig naar zijn hand te zetten, op een manier waar je als luisteraar alleen maar met open mond van bewondering naar kunt luisteren. Maar het zijn niet alleen die covers waarin Klat en consorten laten horen dat ze van internationale topklasse zijn. Een nummer als New York sprankelend noemen zou het bijvoorbeeld ernstig tekort doen – het is een compositie die zich meteen in je geheugen nestelt (wat overigens voor veel meer van Klat’s composities geldt) en waar je instant een goed humeur van krijgt. Dat heeft met dat sprankelende te maken, maar ook met de vloeiende, soepele manier van spelen van Klat en zijn sublieme begeleiders, die overal het perfecte evenwicht weten te vinden tussen spanning, een lichte weerbarstigheid en heerlijke melodietjes. Walk like Monk zou je kunnen beschouwen als een ode aan pianist Thelonious Monk, maar het stuk is vrolijker en toegankelijker dan veel van Monk’s muziek, terwijl het tegelijkertijd net zo ingenieus in elkaar steekt. Dat is knap, en het geeft ook aan wat de muziek van Klatwerk3 zo aantrekkelijk maakt. We hoorden al iemand zeggen: “Ik hou eigenlijk helemaal niet zo van dit soort jazzpianogepriegel, maar dit is toch wel héél erg leuk!”, en na twee keer luisteren: “Ik geloof dat dit een van mijn favoriete cd’s aan het worden is!” Ingenieuze, intelligente, licht weerbarstige en steeds bijzonder spannende jazz, die soepel en vloeiend gespeeld wordt en die je meteen meezuigt, dat is de muziek van Klatwerk3, en op Eye Opener krijg je maar liefst vijf kwartier muziek zonder ook maar één zwak moment. Een absolute aanrader! Klatwerk3 – Eye Opener – Aliud – ACD BR 080-2 Boelo Klat Kijk wat Jan Mulder van Klatwerk3 vindt! Bron: Moorsmagazine.com

    Moors Magazine

If Klatwerk3 lived in America they would have become well known long ago because what the trio produces is absolutely world class. It is a bit unruly, but also crystal clear with twists and turns and is melodious, thrilling and precisely good.

Holly Moors

Eyeopener (2015)

Joel, Klat, Klooster, Vleij, Mercer - Mancini

Klatwerk3

Cables: Mogami
Digital Converters: Sphinx by Merging
Mastering Engineer: Jos Boerland
Mastering Equipment: Marren Media
Microphones: Gonzo Audio, Sonodore, DPA, Neumann
Mixing Board: Studer
Producer: Jos Boerland
Recording Engineer: Jos Boerland
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: B&W 805

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Piano Man
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New York
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Flow 2
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Eyeopener
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B.A.R. blues
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Tarantula
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Whispering
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Walk like Monk
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Flow 1
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Song for my Sister
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Money
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A Funky Primer
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Ibrahim
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Reiziger
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