Peter Massink - tenor saxophone
Philip Baumgarten - double bass
Matthias van Olst - drums
Peter Massink is from the Netherlands and is one of Hollands most important saxophone players as far as I'm concerned. He's been living abroad for so many years that he is still fairly unkonwn in his country though. did the Bruckner Conservatory (cum laude) in Linz (Austria).
Massink was EBU solist in 1992, workt with Mikis Theodorakis – he arranged the succesfull CD Alexia-Mikis Theodorakis, with Milva en Andreas Vollenweider a.o. and did a European tour with Theodorakis.
He did a number of concerts with Doug Hammond (former Charles Mingus drummer) and several tours with Oliver Lake.
Recently he started Truc de Kezzek, an ensemble that plays 12 tone music by Massink. There is a cd by this group. These are just some of the activities of this outstanding musician.
To me music has always been about feelings and I feel jazz is the best way to express feelings. Lennie Tristano said: 'It's a jazz musicians function to feel'. When we listen to L. Armstrong, R. Eldridge, B. Holiday, L. Young, Ch. Parker and L. Tristano, we experience the expression of feelings ... real jazz!
This recording is sort of a musical homecoming. Although I've been living in Berlin, Munich, Budapest, Athens, Linz and Paris these past 25 years, I always hoped I would play again in my native country Holland.
One of the reasons I'm very happy about this recording is the fact that this is a musical reunion with my dear friend Philip Baumgarten, with whom I started out as a saxophonist when Philip asked me to join his group Bapao years ago.
I would like to acknowledge the following musicians who were very important for my musical development: Lenny Popkin, Rudi Brink, Viktor Bori, Philip Baumgarten, Hans Krul, Steve Frankovich and Ack van Rooijen.
Peters music is all about feelings. We rehearsed on Saturday and recorded on Sunday. During the rehearsal Peter was satisfied the moment Matthias and I understood the feeling of a tune. We would then go on to the next.
A word about drummer Matthias van Olst: he is very flexible, has fantastic ears, can play any style and is able to make his fellow musicians sound better. It was really great to record with artists like Peter and Matthias!
Listen to Full Moon (Peter Massink).
You can order this CD by paying 12 euro within Europe and 14,50 outside of Europe on account 4552900 IBAN NL98 PSTB 0004 5529 00 Bic PSTBNL21 Payee is: Studio Baumgarten.