Reviews

  • Barry Warhoftig, New York Times
    `Great solos by the brilliant Dutch pianoplayer Peter Beets, who added a nice post-bop sensibility to the ensemble without overplaying. Very tasty and swinging.`
  • Tony Hall, Jazzwise
    `Impeccable technique, incisive sense of swing.`
  • François van de Linde, Jazz Journal
    `a florid virtuoso`
  • Jack Bowers, Cadence
    `Such an awesome talent should be cherished and applauded, as it isn’t an everyday occurrence. Beets is a fully grown monster.`
  • Steve Futterman, Jazztimes
    He rations his finger-busting excursions, unleashing the flashing digits for maximum dramatic effect. Working in marvellous accord with the rhythm section, Beets demonstrates as much innate taste as he does dextral ability.
  • George Fendel, Jazzscene
    `He’s so good that it would make little difference what tunes he chose. Peter Beets is going to scare the hell out of some people.`
  • Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
    `Organically vibrant feel. Especially relaxed, off-the-cuff vibe, sounding loose and spontaneous.`
  • Jack Bowers, Cadence
    `...lines that always swing and a technique that rivals anyone this side of vintage Oscar Peterson.`
  • Steve Futterman, Jazztimes
    He rations his finger-busting excursions, unleashing the flashing digits for maximum dramatic effect. Working in marvellous accord with the rhythm section, Beets demonstrates as much innate taste as he does dextral ability.
  • George Fendel, Jazzscene
    Beets leaves nothing unsaid. He swings with authority, creates constantly, improvises as though he was born doing it.
  • Jack Bowers, Cadence
    Unleashing his marvellous chops on the faster numbers and playing with remarkable warmth and maturity when the tempo slows. Beets is a superb writer as well.
  • Andrew Hovan, All About Jazz
    The swing is infectious and there’s clarity of sound that is a hallmark of Peter’s playing throughout.
  • Richard Cook, Jazzreview
    `Peter Beets tackles the hoariest of modern jazz formats, the piano trio, and comes with a bright, energetic set that brushes up both familiar and forgotten material. `So What` is redesigned at a very quick, almost mischievous clip, while the two Strayhorn tunes are lovingly outlined. Beets likes to play the blues and he can lead a soulful groove, but maybe the most inventive passage is his take on Sonny Rollins' Paradox, which is a compact and ingenious bit of repertory resurrection.`
  • Greg Simmons, All about Jazz
    `While a knowledge of romantic pianist Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849) can add to the experience of listening to pianist Peter Beets' Chopin Meets the Blues, it is by no means essential to enjoying it. This is a jazz album first and foremost, and a very good one at that.`

About Peter

As one of the most sought-after jazz artists of our time, Peter Beets has attracted a devoted international audience, performing regularly at major jazz festivals and venues throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. He has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, “Toots” Thielemans, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

One of his earliest recordings, “First Date” (1996), featured the great Jeff Hamilton on drums. In 2001 the Criss Cross label invited Peter for a series of CDs with his “New York Trio”, inviting artists like Willie Jones III, Larry Grenadier and Greg Hutchinson, earning him international acclaim.

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