During the pandemic - twenty years after their first performance - they found the perfect moment to renew their collaboration. The chamber jazz trio decided to paint a small portrait of the night on a new album on Just Listen Records. On May 22 and 23, 2021 they recorded 'When Night Falls' at Studio150 Bethlehemkerk, a former Lutheran church in Amsterdam.
Verploegen selected vocal standards that lead us through the different stages of the night. As listeners we are asked to close our eyes in 'Close Your Eyes', and go on nocturnal adventures. Dancing out first in 'Dancing In The Dark' and then maybe a little more in 'Making Whoopee' - saying goodbye to each other in 'It's a Pity to Say Goodnight' and then continuing the journey on contemplative, solitary evening strolls in songs like 'Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars' and 'Stardust'. The album ends in the morning: 'Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise'.
About the Musicians
Since the beginning of his career, Angelo Verploegen has proven to be an extremely versatile trumpet player. His broad musical interests made him move back and forth between straight ahead jazz, hardcore free improv and everything in between in numerous small groups, and doing horn section and orchestral work with natural ease. Verploegen has toured internationally with his own groups, worked as a recording producer and teaches trumpet.
For these nocturnals Angelo Verploegen returned to his 'first love' and main instrument: the Flugelhorn. Its somewhat darker, warmer tone blends in beautifully with the night. He plays a twenty-year-old prototype Hub van Laar model B3. The maneuverability of this instrument gives Verploegen the greatest possible range for emotional expression.
The much sought-after guitarist Ed Verhoeff is praised for his "phenomenal technique, beautiful sound and harmonic depth". In addition to accompanying many great jazz and pop musicians in an extremely creative and accurate manner, Verhoeff also leads his own projects in which he demonstrates his compositional qualities. His association with the Latin music scene makes him travel to the Caribbean regularly. Ed is also active as a guitar teacher. Ed Verhoeff has brought his old companion; the Gibson ES-175 electric guitar from 1951, because of the real authentic and warm jazz sound. And for a single piece he decided to play his 1971 Manual de la Chica flamenco guitar.
Bassist Eric van der Westen is a constant factor in the Dutch jazz scene. In addition to his continued interest in blues, folk, country and americana, he developed a career as a composer of modern crossover improvised music. His long-term close collaboration with African and later Turkish musicians has led him to perform all over the world. Eric runs his own record label EWM Music and leads the international music festival Better Get Hit.