Thursday 28 March 2024

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Whilst Michel Veenstra might sound like that name of the next PDO Dutch Darts wunderkind, he is the ears behind the second compilation following the 'If... Music presents You Need This: An Introduction To Klinkhamer Records'.

Definitely for fans of Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Jazzdance, Spiritual Jazz, this is heavy as the prices that'll you'd have to pay for the original vinyl releases of these tracks; that's if you could find them of course - but if you've got a couple of bob, Michel and his brother Stephan run the shop in Groningen and/or the world famous biggest record fair in the world, known as the Utrecht Record Fair where they've had a stall since the 90s.

Starting with the Norwegian jazz singer Anne-Marie Giørtz, 'Philosohy' (taken from the 1983 album 'Breaking Out' before the emphasis of jazz takes over with Urban Hanson gives us all a lesson in what flute club fusion is all about on 'Sengakuji'.

And i've forgive the band called Afrodisax just because, in addition to thier track here called 'On a Winter's Day (A Love Song)' they did another track called 'The Silence Of A Candle In The Darkness Of An Attic' (any chance of that on Vol. 3?). And the equally awful cover of the 1980s Dave Plaehn's 'Smokin' album for the soft rock, flutely folk of 'For You (I'd Undo Anything)' that could equally fit Paul Hillery's compilations like 'Once Again, We Are The Children Of The Sun (see review HERE).

Roger Ekman's 'Du är frisk' is similar in it's ‘Folk Funk & Trippy Troubadours’ nature.

Ending with possibly the most well known/prolific recording artist included in the album, the Jakarta born Dutch pianist/composer René Van Helsdingen (possibly because he was represented on Vol. 1 with the 'classical'-jazz track 'Offshore Sounds')

Whilst it's not quite the D-Jazz I was predicting at the beginning of last year, the album is just as cool and essential as Vol. 1 (and easy to see the If...Music connection with Jean-Claude (see review HERE) but this a a bit more European with vocal track in English, Swedish and French.

Artist: Various Artists 

Title:  Klinkhamer Records Vol. 2 Compiled by Michel Veenstra

Release date: 29th March, 2024

Label : BBE Music

Catalog Number : BBE

Format: 2xLP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp 


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