Sunday, December 9, 2018

Jesse van Ruller Trio at the Vic

One of the great things of people carrying cell phones or small cameras all over the place all of the time is that you get to see snippets of jazz concerts on Youtube that you would normally not even know of. I was kind of surprised yesterday to come across some footage of the Jesse van Ruller Trio at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel - "jazz at the Vic" - that was apparently shot on 4 december last. It is not that often that you can see and hear this great Dutch jazz guitar master on a set of standards in a trio setting. He is playing tunes that you find on much of his earlier work (The End of a Love Affair, Detour Ahead etc.). And his sound on the new guitar is really very vintage Jesse! So I was really excited and the vids - though sometimes dark and shaky - are just marvellous. Sound quality is good. Of course Jesse needs no introduction.

On bass you will hear Ernst Glerum (1955). He teaches double bass at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and therefore must be a colleague of Jesse. He has had a rich career in Dutch jazz, both as a composer and a performer.

On drums we have Wouter Kühne (1996), a young Dutch jazz talent that is still studying at the Amsterdam conservatory (or has maybe graduated in the mean time) but has already won several jazz awards.

I'd like to thank whoever shot this footage. Enjoy!

My Funny Valentine
                                                                                          The End of a Love Affair
                                                                                            Detour Ahead
                                             With a Song in My Heart


  1. Great to hear Jesse playing several standard tunes! What kind of guitar is he using on these cuts? The old Levin must not be used anymore. I love Jesse’s phrasing, technique and the way he intersperses chords with his single lines.

  2. Het '?????' stuk heet Bittersweet, een compositie van Sam Jones. Staat op het eerste Eastern Rebellion album van Cedar Walton.