Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jesse van Ruller - The Complete Solos at the Crow

Wow. Time Flies. Way back, on december 12 2000, we had Jesse van Ruller at the Crow. He played with a few local players, including me. The concert was recorded and stored as "Jesse van Ruller at the Crow."

Five years earlier, in 1995, Jesse had graduated from the Hilversum conservatory and he had won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Guitar Competition, aged 24.

It's been years and years since I have listened to these recordings. But when I did today I realized that they are pretty special. It was still early in Jesse's career when we played with him at the Crow. Sure he was world class already. But his playing was more bop oriented than it is today. And you get to hear him on a set of standards only.

What I did in the vid below is cut away everything except his solos, glue them together and normalize and enhance the sound. The clips sound better than ever. Jesse 's Levin guitar is captured wonderfully. You hear me comping on most of the tracks. On some you will hear Herbie Guldenaar. Yeah, I was still a jazz rookie in those days.

The solos are:
  • Just Friends
  • Oleo
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • Four on Six
  • All the Things You Are
  • Blues Riff
  • Stella by Starlight
  • You's Be so Nice to Come Home to
  • I Fall in Love too Easily
  • Straight No Chaser
  • Well, You Needn't 

Enjoy. Hope you like this stuff just as much as I do. The vid is almost 30 minutes. It's a gem AFAIAC. Among my favorite Jesse van Ruller ever.

Update august 8 2020. I improved the sound of the original recordings. There is more low end. Jesse's  playing is still phenomenal. Enjoy once again! 


  1. Man thanks for uploading and sharing...great playing by all the cats

    All the best,

  2. Great stuff, thanks for all the good work you've done over the years.

  3. Thanks for your excellent hints, dutchbopper !
    It is great to meet someone with the same taste in jazz guitar playing.
    I have been a follower of you on Youtube for years. Sorry that you removed so much songs.

    from Herzogenrath

  4. Wonderful site! Any chance you could re-post the solos here?

  5. Wonderful. Thanks for doing this