Joris Roelofs
Introducing Joris Roelofs

(Material Records 023)

track: I Fall in Love Too Easily

Musicians: Joris Roelofs (alto sax), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Ari Hoenig (drums), Matt Penman (bass).

Composed by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne

Recorded: Brooklyn, September 7-9, 2007

Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Introducing Joris Roelofs is the name of this altoist's indie release, and I strongly advise you to get introduced. This player is one of the finest young saxophonists I have heard in recent memory, and manages to achieve that rarity—delivering performances that are both deeply emotional and richly cerebral at the same time. He pulls it off repeatedly on his CD, but especially on this opening track. Even before he finishes his a cappella opening melody statement, you know that you are hearing a real artist, and when the rhythm section falls into place, as softly supportive as those floating cushions at posh hotel pool, it just gets better. It's hard for an indie release by a relatively unknown player to get much buzz these days, but I'm determined to buzz all the more on my own to compensate. Bzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!