Open Country

Paul Berner
Open Country
Paul Berner (USA) - bass
Frits Landesbergen (NL) - vibraphone
Ed Verhoeff (NL) - guitar
Dré Pallemaerts (B) - drums
And featuring a very special guest pianist: Monty Alexander

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A fresh wind blows through the music of the Paul Berner Band-the wind of the prairie, of the wide-open spaces, of the big sky, of the Great Plains.

On his CD Open Country, Paul has brought the clarity and the emotion back into the jazz music of today. Simple but not empty, free but not aimless, open but still intimate.

Simplicity in form, depth in content.

A combination of old and new.


The line-up on the CD is:

Paul Berner on double bass --has worked with many big names: Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Stan Getz, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra, Peter Erskine, Les Paul, Joe Lovano and many others. In addition, he was a member of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra for two years, and subsequently spent two years with the Monty Alexander Trio. Since his arrival in Holland in 1990 he has worked with many well-known musicians, such as Cees Slinger, Toon Roos, Jesse van Ruller, Cor Bakker, Frits Landesbergen and Laura Fygi. He has made many CDs in America and in Europe, for example with Red Rodney, the Amsterdam Jazz Quintet, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Greetje Kauffeld and Van Doorn to name just a few.

Ed Verhoeff on guitar --has been a member of jazz bassist Hein van de Geyn's group, Baseline since 1997 (when he replaced John Abercrombie). In the period 1998-2000 he worked with pop singer Matilde Santing. At the moment he can often be heard with his own band, Ed Verhoeff's EDition (with Ben van den Dungen, Lucas van Merwijk and Boudewijn Lucas). Ed can be heard on CDs by Ramses Shaffy, Ilsa Huizinga, Hein van der Geyn's Baseline, Matilde Santing and Madeline Bell.

Frits Landesbergen on vibraphone --perhaps Europe's best vibes player, known for his work with Madeline Bell, the Rosenberg Trio, Louis van Dijk and Cor Bakker. He has also worked with Georgie Fame, Milt Jackson, Toots Thielemans, Scott Hamilton, Joe Pass, Monty Alexander and many others. Frits has played on more than 90 CDs as a sideman, with Louis van Dijk, Laura Fygi, Thijs van Leer, the Metropole Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra among others. As leader of his own group he has made 6 CDs, including Frits meets Louis van Dijk: Two of a Kind ('95), and Dynavibes with Jeff Hamilton ('96).

Dré Pallemaerts on drums --one of Belgium's most active drummers, he has appeared with many soloists, such as Toots Thielemans, Junior Cook, Mal Waldron, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Steve Grossman, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler and Chris Potter among others. He was a member of the Bob Brookmeyer Quartet, the Toon Roos Quartet, and currently plays with the trio of American pianist Bill Carrothers. He is featured on many albums, including dates with Philip Catherine, Toon Roos, Bert Joris and Joe Lovano. Dré is also working on an electronic dance music project under the name DP.

Monty Alexander on piano --By grafting the traditions of American jazz to his authentic Jamaican roots, pianist Monty Alexander has spent a lifetime exploring the rich depths of musical and cultural diversity. In a career that spans more than four decades, he has performed and/or recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and many more.