Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jasper Van't Hof - 1974 - Eye-Ball

Jasper Van't Hof 

01. Bax 7:50
02. Viber Snake 5:12
03. Eye-ball 1 (Piano Solo) 3:37
04. Hyrax 5:55
05. Schwester Johanna 6:15
06. Laur 4:17
07. One Leg Missing 3:06
08. Eye-ball 2 (Piano Solo) 4:57
09. The Rev 4:20

Bass, Bass Guitar [Fender] – John Lee
Drums, Percussion – Jerry Brown
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Grand Piano, Organ – Jasper van't Hof
Guitar, Electric Guitar, Banjo – Wim Overgaauw
Violin – Zbigniew Seifert

Producer: Chris Hinze
Recorded at the Dureco Studio, 16-track, dolby-system, Weesp, Holland.
Recording dates: March 16th and 17th 1974
Dedicated to the late Peter Trunk.

Jasper van't Hof: Eyeball
Liner notes by Charley Baker:

The fast rising star of Jasper van't Hof brings every real music lover to excitement. His way of piano playing is overwhelmning. Jasper is a young giant in the music scene of today. Enough reasons for "Keytone Records) producer Chris Hinze, in whose Combination Jasper played before, to record an album with this incredible pianist. Jasper's intention of music is very deep, and based on the tradition of jazz from blues, swing, bebop, and free jazz till the rock idiom of now. Jasper van't Hof - lately the biggest discovery in jazz - belongs to the best pianists of Europe. Do you remember the Piano Conclave? Well, he played with such piano giants as George Gruntz, Joachim Kühn, Wolfgang Dauner and Keith Jarrett! He was a member of the Pierre Courbois Association and the sensation of the Berliner Jazztage in 1972. Jasper played at all important European jazz festivals and now appears with jazz giants as Charlie Mariano, Steve Grossman, Albert Mangelsdorff etc.

Eyeball presents Jasper van't Hof as the brilliant piano player with many musical sides in jazz. His lyrical quality reaches the top in his own compositions Eyeball nr. 1 and nr. 2. Jasper's excellent rhythm capacities do show his incredible talent, such as in One leg missing.

The album presents beautiful sound nuances, played by totally involved musicians. They joined the multi-talented Jasper, and it really cooks! Guitarist Wim Overgaauw, Dutch jazz guitarist number 1, could not be missed on this album. Wim is featured amongst the others in the lovely ballad Viber snake in a wonderful combination with Jasper. There is no way to forget Zbigniew Seifert. This Polish violinist possesses a dominating position in the European musical territory and it is inevitable that he will become world famous.

It is unnecessary to say that Eyeball is a musical adventure in jazz. An adventure which we can follow with admiration and praise. I'd like to finish these liner notes with a few words about the rhythm section, the closest and most dynamic in Europe. They were members of the Chris Hinze Combination. Bass player John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown. They, too, make Eyeball delicious, exciting and I still hear Jasper talking about this album: "It's unbelievable, Charley, unbelievable how this rhythm section behind us can bring the intensity of my record to unexpected atmospheres."

Jasper van't Hof. His music of today will surely move into tomorrow!

Dutch jazz keyboard player van 't Hof produced music on this 1974 album that sits well with the jazz-rock classics of the day.
The music has a strong and original thrust, in textures and its complicated rhythms, perhaps in flavour somewhere in the territory of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters with a dash of Stephane Grappelli, through the touch of Polish violinst Zbigniew Seifert.
The rhythm section of John Lee (bass) and Gerry Brown (drums/percussion) is at times quite aggressive, setting up solid lines around which the Fender Rhodes and acoustic pianos and organ, violin, and high energy guitar playing of Wim Overgaauw snake.
Overgaauw's acoustic guitar sections add contrast and light to the imaginative musical directions on Eyeball. It's one of the best and perhaps most original Continental European jazz-rock albums of that era.



  2. Just found it in a flea market sale among other good LP's =) Excellent first track !