Jan Klare - reeds; Bart Maris – trumpet; Wilbert de Joode – bass; Michael Vatcher - drums
"Played“ is the second CD by the international quartett 1000, following their debut „Unplayable“ from 2007. 1000 brings together four highly acclaimed improvisers from the Netherlands, USA, Germany and Belgium. The bands rythm is one of the very best, in Europe and beyond, and comprises the talents of american Michael Vatcher on drums and dutch bass player Wilbert de Joode. They have joined almost any big name in improvised music, you could name – their approach is adventurous, virtuoso and surprising at all times. Bart Maris on trumpet was nominated for the „Bird Awards“ at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2006 – saxophonist and band leader Jan Klare has won a bunch of prizes in the past, and composes the bands repertoire. His pieces are characterized by strong structures, while the instruments constantly shift between leading and accompanying roles. „Played“ was recorded by Dick Lucas, a master in recording and producing contemporary music.
California native and premier, progressive/free-jazz drummer Michael Vatcher relocated to Amsterdam in 1977, and has become a prominent musical force in the global jazz panorama. On this release, he aligns with revered Netherlands reared artists for a cunning set of shrewdly concocted works, built upon linear themes, and a sense of fragmented buoyancy amid bellowing outbursts. However, reedman Jan Klare and trumpeter Bart Maris offer a multitude of contrasts and assertive musings while also engaging in microtonal and minimalist-like passages. .... Simply stated, this outing looms as a top-ten entry, regardless of stylizations or various jazz genres, for 2009.
The Jazz Review Glenn Astarita, 11/2009
... a general brevity gives the feel of wide vocabularies being skirted around, tunes dashed off, permutations probed, rough textures rubbed into ridges. Flute and trumpet complement each other on "Pavement," bonded in staccato unison. Bass and drums clatter with purpose on "Fence" until the horns swagger forth. Many moods are traversed throughout. "Park" is a virtual lullaby, hesitant with mute and brushes while "Warden" can't help but evoke classic Ornette Coleman, broken down into a bare skeleton, Klare honking coarsely. The closing "Pedestrian" steps even closer to the Ornette side of the street, but this quartet is certainly not without its own sound.
„Mit hoher Virtuosität, überraschenden Wendungen und intensiv gepflegter Kommunikationskultur bewegen sich die vier Musiker in wohl durchdachten Strukturen, wobei der stete, oft im fließenden Übergang vollzogene Wechsel des Hervortretens einzelner Stimmen dem Miteinander einen ganz besonderen Reiz verleiht.“
Tobias Böcker, Jazzpodium 12/09