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28/05/2010 Jazzreview (USA) Randall Parish

Free is the title of the fourth release on the Sweet Briar Music label for the Ad Colen Quartet. Covering a wide-ranging scope of tuneful sound-vistas, this newly restructured Dutch Jazz Quartet put forward a collection of compositions imaginatively full of richness and depth. The title Free is appropriate. The Ad Colen Quartet are unobstructed by any restrictive limits, and stretch out to meet whatever creative artistic ideas best suit their jazzy endeavors.
The opening track, “Turkey Walk,” begins as a positive mid-tempo blues shuffle melody which forms a platform for Colen on tenor sax, and the other group members to improvise masterfully from. The path taken on “Tricky Customer” is a darker trail, with tints of jazz- fusion and hard-bop along the way. Colen is tuneful and crisp in his dialogues with all the group members, and Mark Alban Lotz contributes becalming flute. The keen imagery that is conjured up on this song is fantastic.
A very pretty pensive ballad, “Free,” allows Ad Colen to demonstrate both his marvelous proficiency on the soprano sax, as well as his compositional skill. A feathery touch on percussion and kalimba is shown by Yonga Sun, only to be supplanted moments later with exploding splashes on his drum kit. As the song progresses, he subsequently retreats to a beautifully subdued touch in keeping with the reflective overall mood. The Dutch drummer is both versatile and virtuosic, and he tastefully keeps things in context on all the musical pieces on Free.
The groove between the musicians is strong on “Split,” a mid to up-tempo harmoniously rhythmic treat fueled by some intense piano work by Bijvoet. The creative voltage level shown by all four ensemble musicians is palpable, and achieved easily in this inspired less than five minute track. The mood changes on “KPT,” an attractive ambient chill meditative creation authored by Gé Bijvoet. Bijvoet’s gentle piano moodily intertwines with Colen’s sax to provide a cool and dramatic piece that is extremely satisfying.
“Solitude City” is highly atmospheric, with impressive energetic bass work by Wiro Mahieu that drives the rhythm as Colen and Bijvoet take turns providing leads. Yonga Sun once again plays a major role, skillfully alternating dashes of percussion with stout drumming. The clever jazz flute stylings of Mark Alban Lotz insert brilliant floating flavor to the highly addictive “Carjive.” One can envision a cross-town rush-hour commute on this song; with the vehicles on occasion jockeying for position and from time to time encountering smooth sailing on their trek.
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CD Review of Ad Colen Quartet - Free on Sweet Briar Music @ jazzreview.com 28-05-10 09:03
Colen closes the set dramatically with a display of almost effortless fluidity on “Achilles.” As elsewhere on the disc, his lithe phrasing and lyrical tone allow this wistful tune to sing in its own voice. It is yet another emotionally involving piece, and further example of Colen’s musical storytelling prowess.
Free is sophisticated and full of powerfully involving pieces which exhibit a sense of unity and, in my mind, classify as works of art. The Netherlands has reason to be proud of groups such as The Ad Colen Quartet. They strive as “keepers of the flame” to make sure that the Jazz tradition is kept alive throughout the globe.


01/03/2010 JazzPodium (Germany) Markus Koehler

Jazzpodium (Germany) March 2010 by Markus Koehler
Ad Colen is a saxophonist living in Utrecht, and is one of the best examples that at least in the Netherlands, jazz is as alive and well as it always has been, and has no worries about new strength to drive it forward. The Ad Colen Quartet is not in Europe to merely faithfully reinterpret American jazz greats, be they alive or dead, or even to assist them if the need arises…. they have broken free.
This ensemble also delivers more than just time-keeping and harmony for the soloist – they dialogue with the soloist, rein him in or let him fly. They turn the group on its head and you have to ask “Who’s the leader here?” This leads to an electrifying album of a soloist and an ensemble with genuine personality....


04/01/2010 Jazz (Dutch Jazzglossy) Angelique van Os

Jazz 2010 No. 1 XXXXX by Angelique van Os:
......Free is an album that exudes class, both in relation to the collective performance and the individual improvisations. It has a contemporary freshness to it and completely lives up to expectations in terms of musical artistry. Colen certainly belongs to the top and there is a strong unison between him and his band.....


01/09/2009 Jazzflits (Dutcj (Jazzportal) Hans Invernizzi

“There is no shying away from melodious and harmonious tour de force, but above all else this album is characterized by people playing together in a very groovy way...” Hans Invernizzi - Jazzflits


26/06/2009 Volkskrant (Dutch Daily Newspaper) Frank van Herk

XXXX .....“As soon as you hear the opening number, the beautiful sound of Colen’s tenor sax touches you: an old-fashioned belly-sound, but flexible, in the tradition of Rollins, but with a personal touch”. Frank van Herk XXXX - De Volkskrant.....


01/06/2009 Jazzism (Dutch Jazzglossy) Ton Ouwehand

“This is highly structured, tastefully construed jazz music. A lot of
musicians will be able to enjoy Colen’s compositions. Jazzbands
looking for a fresh repertoire might want to explore Colen’s
oeuvre”. Ton Ouwehand – Jazzism


01/06/2009 Revu Guuz Hoogaerts

“The tone is light, sometimes dreamlike, with rich detail and solid compositions. This is how beautiful jazz can be. The cover photo shows Colen laughing out loud and in my opinion he has every reason to do so”. Guuz Hoogaerts - Revu


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