Trio Jorrit Dijkstra

Jorrit Dijkstra  |  alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet, tin whistles

Steve Argüelles  |  drums, percussion

Mischa Kool  |  bass

plus guests:

Stuart Hall  |  guitar, violin, banjo, quartertone guitar

Benoît Delbecq  |  (prepared) piano

From 1990 until 1997 Jorrit led “Trio Jorrit Dykstra”, with bassist Mischa Kool and British drummer Steve Argüelles. He wrote most of the compositions, but the band also played some of Argüelles’ tunes, as well as sparkling versions of pieces by Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Nichols, the Beatles and Balkan traditionals, all giving space for some adventurous improvising. The trio created a fresh and original group sound in which melody, rhythm, colour, subtility and equality were the most important values. All this was mixed with an exciting drive and a touch of satire. The Trio released three CDs, and they performed extensively on the European clubs and festivals circuit, as well as on radio and TV. Clarinettist Marty Ehrlich, reed player Lothar Ohlmeier, pianist Benoît Delbecq, guitarist Marc Ducret and string player Stuart Hall were featured as guest artists with the Trio. They also accompanied a series of silent movies from the beginning of this century.



Trio Jorrit Dykstra

Disckus DC05, 1992


Whistle (+ Stuart Hall)

BVHaast DC9508, 1995


European Echoes (+ Benoît Delbecq)

BVHaast CD9704, 1997

Press Quotes

“There is a sublety here that continues to reveal itself with repeated listens, keeping this release close to the top of my pile.” (Cadence Magazine on “European Echoes”)

“…polished, erudite, at times whimsical, pancultural modernism.” (Cadence Magazine on “Whistle”)

“…lively, energetic music.” (the Wire)

“…his pure sound on alto saxophone, his sensitivity for beautiful melodies and his skill to write them.” (NRC Handelsblad)

“His music is introvert and controlled, but never cool. Emotion plays a big role, but is never translated into outbursts of energy.” “…an amazingly flexible sound. His solos are wonderful and hold your attention.” (Trouw)

“Playful, swinging, lively, poetic, melancholic, melodic… ” (Jazzfreak)

“…dreamy, arcadic, mystic, teasing and full of humour and understatement.” (Groninger Dagblad)

“…and every now and then it swings really hard, so maybe it’s jazz.” (NRC Handelsblad)