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Label: Aliud Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Modern Jazz

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  • 1Sonnet 3205:19
  • 2Sonnet 8906:33
  • 3Sonnet 2207:59
  • 4Sonnet 10606:24
  • 5Introduction00:49
  • 6Sonnet 3607:34
  • 7Sonnet 1806:41
  • 8English Heart06:43
  • 9Helas06:43
  • 10Canzonet05:25
  • 11Never Alone07:15
  • Total Runtime01:07:25

Info for The Shakespeare Album

This album is a live recording of a concert given by the Ilja Reijngoud Quartet with Fay Claassen, in which the texts of William Shakespeare take center stage. The best-known and best-loved sonnets of Shakespeare have been set to music by Ilja with much devotion and care. Inspired by two marvelous poems from the pen of Oscar Wilde, Ilja composed two additional songs to complete this album.

'Dutch trombonist Ilja Reijngoud has quickly established himself as one of Europe's (and perhaps the world's) leading jazz trombonists. Reijngoud plays very creative, modern, harmonically advanced, and groovin' solos. He really gets around the horn and displays incredible technique. His last album is definitely worth your attention. You should get this recording and any other recordings of Reijngoud that you can find. His playing is truly inspirational.' (ITA Journal 2013)

Fay Claassen, vocals
Ilja Reijngoud, trombone
Martijn van Iterson, guitar
Marius Beets, bass
Marcel Serierse, drums
Paul Heller, tenor saxophone

Winner of the Edison Jazz 2009, Ilja is winner of the Thelonious Monk Award 2003, Deloitte Stimulus Award 2003 and Singer Laren Jazz Award 2004.

Ilja Reijngoud - Trombonist/Composer/Arranger/Clinician/Conductor
After his cum laude graduation at the Hilversum Conservatory in 1996, Ilja taught the trombone there. In 1997 he was the second Dutch student so far to receive the American Degree ‘Master of Music.’Ilja is permanent member of Nueva Manteca, The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Gino Vannelli’s Dutch Beat Band, The Houdini’s, The Cubop City Big Band, The Jasper van ‘t Hof Quartet, The Ilja Reijngoud/Bart van Lier Quintet and many other well-known Dutch groups. Fourth times he was the featured soloist with the Metropole Orchestra. Ilja worked and recorded with Tom Harrell, Ivan Lins, James Morrison, Jim Beard, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Bill Dobbins, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Ed Neumeister, Vince Mendoza, Lester Bowie, Bill Holman, Dori Caymmi and many others. In 1998 Ilja and his former teacher Bart van Lier founded an impressive trombone department at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts). With classical collegues Alexander Verbeek and Brandt Attema they form the trombone Academy of Codarts, Rotterdam. Besides teaching main subject trombone, Ilja is leader of the conservatory bigband for the last 15 years, ensemble coach and arranging teacher.

In recent years Ilja taught clinics and workshops all around the world (Los Angeles, Shanghai, New Orleans, Barcelona, Cyprus). Warwick Music, England, publishes some of his compositions and arrangements. His arrangements and compositions are played by the Metropole Orchestra, both the Dutch Marine and Airforce Orchestra, the classical Trombone Collective and many other classical musicians, such as Ben van Dijk, Jörgen van Rijen and Henri Bok.He was so far jury of the American Carl Fontana and Jay Jay Johnson Awards and the Dutch Prinsess Christina Concours.His last recording `The Shakespeare Album’, won an Edison Award, 2009. Ivan Lins' cd with the Metropole Orchestra has won a Latin Grammy Award; Ilja is playing in the orchestra.

Booklet for The Shakespeare Album

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