Here’s a YouTube video of bree.ze, van’t Hof’s recent project and something that sounds (as ever) top-shelf. Do please check this out, and if you’re ever in Europe you must, absolutely must see van’t Hof perform. I did, in an aforementioned duet setting with Charlie Mariano, and I regard it as one of the most memorable things that have ever happened to me. No. Really. I mean, I saw them at this small London club, and afterwards I went for a piss and there was Jasper at the urinal. To be honest, I felt unworthy as much as inebriated. But I managed to ask him how he liked his piano for the evening. “It’s OK,” he said. “I once played this club, the managed said Bach once played the house piano. I believed him; it played like nobody’d touched it since Bach played it, either. This one,” he said with an undertone of mischief, “you can play with a little power.” When he said power, he meant it. That’s not what you’ll hear in the above video; for that, let me recommend Solo Piano and just say that if you’re a fan of jazz piano, this is a high-water mark. I’ve never heard/seen better. Period.
Unfortunately Solo Piano‘s now been discontinued, so check for it on eBay and thank your recommender later.