‘A major veteran saxophonist from Holland who played for years with the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Toon Roos has been an important jazz artist since the mid-1980s. On Angel Dance, he is heard in prime form. Roos is teamed with pianist Karel Boehlee, bassist Hein van de Geyn, and the famous American drummer Peter Erskine plus (for two songs) one or two percussionists. Roos has an original tone (influenced a little by both Wayne Shorter and Stan Getz) and fits well into the hard bop/post bop jazz world.
What is particularly noteworthy about Angel Dance is that all ten compositions come from the band (Roos contributed five), and many are worthy of becoming standards in the future. The music ranges from heated romps (particularly “Keep It Going”) to melancholy ballads and relaxed medium-tempo pieces, with Erskine’s “Song For Jaco” being a particularly touching ballad. While Roos is excellent throughout, pianist Boehlee is very complementary and has “Prelude For Peace And Compassion” as a solo feature.
In addition to the ten songs on the CD, Angel Dance also includes a fascinating DVD called Dancing With Angels that is a musical portrait of Toon Roos, allowing listeners to see as well as hear Roos in performance at the Bimhuis and North Sea Jazz Festivals.
Angel Dance is a perfect introduction to the music of Toon Roos.’
“Telling a story in one note, not stuffing the music. You can hear it all on Angel Dance, an inspired album with music that is breathing. Drummer Peter Erskine, together with bassist Hein Van de Geyn creates a subtle yet funky groove leaving quite a lot of room for the highly inspired playing pianist Karel Boehlee and the lyrical solos of Roos himself. The latter plays in such an organic way that you immediately know where he wants to go. But he is more than a professional. Every note sounds sincere and heartfelt, a story in itself.”
Misha Andriessen – Telegraaf
“The remarkable sound of Toon Roos, a form of lyrical fusion with a catchy groove, pushes Angel Dance to widely breathing sounds, emphasized in a subtle way by the delicate piano keys of Karel Boehlee, the deep, soulful bass lines of Hein Van de Geyn and the solid strokes of Peter Erskine… truly the top.”
Bernard Lefèvre – Jazzmozaïk
“It’s a perfect group for Erskine’s sensibilities, being dynamic, melodic and stylistically varied, allowing Erskine to play funk grooves, brushes, Latin and a New Orleans groove…”
Bente Keefe – Drummer Magazine * * * *
“The music on the album rhythmically and colourwise tends towards fusion, but in terms of solos and harmony it has the necessary depth and freedom…”
Ken Vos – Jazzism * * * * 1/2
“The quartet creates music of great beauty, the title Angel Dance covers the atmosphere really well… the DVD is a wonderful addition to the CD.”
Angela Ballhorn – Jazzthetik * * * *
“One of the few saxophone players in the world with a sound of their own”.
“Lyrical funky jazz in original compositions… Hell yeah!! ”
“A world-class soloist…”
Jack Bowers – All About Jazz