有别於克拉兹兄弟的热情洋溢，来自荷兰的欧洲爵士乐三重奏(以下简称EJT)在乐曲表现上显得内敛优雅许多。成军於1988年，EJT以标準爵士乐为基底， 重新詮释了许多经典流行及古典乐曲。其三位成员分别为Karel Boehlee (键盘手)、Frans Van Der Hoeven (贝斯手)、Roy Dackus (鼓手)。EJT的演奏风格常给人一种温暖朴实的感觉，没有太多华丽的装饰，简单却让人无法忽略它的存在，这样的演奏精神20年来始终如一。在爵士乐界中，EJT算是相当多产的团体，出道以来已发行了20几张专辑，曲目涵盖爵士标準曲、流行、古典、电影配乐、自创曲等。能在一个团体身上看到这么多元的演奏类型，在现今的乐坛恐怕也是非常少见的。也或许是勇於不断尝试改变，EJT迄今才能在世界各地拥有相当广大的乐迷。
说到EJT詮释古典作品，源自他们於1996年发行的<Immortal Beloved>专辑。在此专辑中，他们尝试改编莫札特的<第21号钢琴协奏曲>及贝多芬的<月光>，并获得不错的迴响，之后在<Adagio>、<Europa>等几张专辑中开始加入贝多芬、莫札特、萧邦、布拉姆斯、德布西等古典大师的作品，并在 2006集结成首张古典精选合辑<Best of Classics>，之后也陆续推出类似作品。在改编的乐曲中，他们保留了原曲骨架，并加入爵士和声及即兴乐段，赋予乐曲新的色彩及恬淡悠閒的美感。
The European Jazz Trio, comprising Marc van Roon on Piano, Frans van der Hoeven on bass and Roy Dackus on drums has been recording and performing since 1995, when it released a CD of Beatles’ songs in fresh arrangements.
On each album, the trio has taken songs in every style, shape and color, and has given them a jazz interpretation. For the trio ‘Jazz’ means to have the freedom to combine and mix styles, melodies, sounds and rhythms to create something fresh and surprising.
Van Roon: “A Specialty of the trio is to try and find some unusual material - unusual in a jazz setting - and to arrange it for the trio. It works both ways: You can take the sound of a jazz trio and give it a fresh voice, a new approach; likewise, you can take the music that everybody knows - pop tunes and classical tunes - and give people a chance to hear them in a different way.”
The European Jazz Trio pushes the envelope of jazz music by adding to it its own sound and rhythm, a result of the music that has influenced the trio’s members.
“We grew up in the seventies and eighties with pop, rock, classical, rap and lots of fusion music. It wasn’t only jazz anymore. Being musicians, we try to absorb everything like a sponge and use it somehow. The classical music we perform we really admire, it’s very close to us - to our European side.”
With every song the trio records the main focus is on the essence and the inner beauty of the composition.
“You cannot approach each song in the same way. And it doesn’t have so much to do with what we as a trio want to do. It’s contained within the song, it’s already there. So it’s more about what we can leave out, what we don’t have to play. This makes each performance unique and special.”
The European Jazz Trio has recorded with featured artists Art Farmer (1), (2), Charlie Mariano (1), Jesse van Ruller (1), and the Metropole string chamber orchestra (1). Swing Journal awarded many album with their Gold Disc Award. The DVD ‘An Afternoon in Amsterdam’ was elected as best jazz DVD in Japan.
The European Jazz Trio has been recording new albums every year since the release of ‘Memories of Liverpool’ in 1995. All recording are produced by Mr. Makoto Kimata, a highly appreciated jazz producer based in Tokyo and LA. Recent albums have been co-produced by Hiro Yamashita from the record label M&I Tokyo.
Edited by europeanjazztri on 23 Jun 2008, 13:37
01. Big Blue Overture
02. Morzart: Piano Concerto No.21
03. My Ship
04. If I Only Had a Blain
05. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14
07. Embraceable You
08. Long Distance
09. But Not for Me
10. Last Tango in Paris