In september 2020, Saxkartel released its new album The Chromatic Gardener on our label, with a new line-up and fresh repertoire of originals only. Due to the pandemic, release concerts have not been possible, so the band decided to organise a virtual one via live stream.
On February 19 2021, they will live-record and live stream a concert from JET studios in Brussels, straight to your living room.
Tickets are available here in the shop of this website, for the symbolical price of 2,50€. More details about the procedure can be found there as well.
The concert will be available afterwards for 2 days (until the end of the weekend at midnight) for (re)viewing via the same unique link.
Thank you in advance for your support, and thanks to the Flemish Government for providing the necessary funds to be able to organize this event in these extraordinarily difficult times and to remunerate the artists properly.
Today is a bit of a landmark in the history of our humble label – first time we are presenting a double release 🙂
The music on both albums is written by the young Belgian saxophonist/composer Lennert Baerts (°1996). Baerts is considered one of the greatest talents of the current youngest generation of Belgian (jazz) musicians. After an intensive training as a football player with the youth of Belgian top team KRC Genk with a promising career as a goalkeeper in sight, fate decided to steer him in a completely different direction, and he developed at record speed into a gifted and skilled musician, with studying saxophone with Kurt Van Herck, Ben Sluijs and Frank Vaganée, and composition with Wim Henderickx and Bram van Camp.
The first album, ‘Times Change And So Must We’, is an impressive and genre-defying suite in three parts that Baerts wrote especially for the Muze Jazz Orchestra, here for the occasion in a twelve-piece XL line-up. MJO brings together a group of musicians from the Belgian province of Limburg and the surrounding area and was born within Muze, the cultural center in Heusden-Zolder, also the home town of Baerts.
The second, ‘Channeling The Flood’ is his more mainstream acoustic-sounding jazz quartet Anti-Panopticon, with adventurous and very musical interplay with and by some other great young talents from Belgium and the Netherlands: Floris Kappeyne (NL) on piano, Tijs Klaassen ( NL) on bass, Jesse Dockx (B) on drums.
Both albums provide an intriguing overview of the stylistic richness and some very different aspects of a fascinating young musician in full development, whose dedication, discipline and ambition are quite remarkable.
Order your copies in our webshop or find them in your favorite record store. In case they don’t have them in stock yet, tell the responsible to order them at our distributor Sonic Rendezvous.
You can download digital copies in the iTunes Store (SFR-CD016 & SFR-CD017), and the albums are also available on various streaming services, but please be aware: no better way of supporting independent music/artists than by buying physical copies! Thanks for being aware!
For info on gigs and more, please visit Lennert’s website.
Cheers everybody – we sincerely hope you’ll enjoy the albums as much as we do, and thanks a lot for your interest.
Yes, for the first time in our catalogue’s history, we will release two albums on the same day. 🙂 We believe to have a good reason, because the music of both albums is written (and played) by young Belgian tenorist/composer Lennert Baerts. The first one, ‘Times Change And So Must We‘ is an impressive and genre-defying suite in three parts for a twelve-piece orchestra. And number two, ‘Channeling The Flood‘ is his more mainstream acoustic sounding jazz quartet, Anti-Panopticon, full of downright fascinating writing and intense playing, and showing another side of this young musician’s multi-faceted talent in full development.
November 16 2020 is the date, and we hope you are as excited as we are. 🙂
Very happy to present number 15 in the still growing catalogue of our platform!
Saxkartel is a highly original Belgian saxophone quartet, and the brainchild of saxophonist/composer Tom Van Dyck. The project has a long history with a few albums and and a major prize under its belt. After a long hibernation, here’s version 2.0 with a fresh line-up and new original compositions. Plenty of colours and grooves, without a rhythm section, and a lot of charismatic solo contributions of all four members. Challenging like a real jazz band yet accessible like a string quartet, this ensemble assumes a special place in the contemporary musical landscape. Music worth (re)discovering!
Order your copy in our webshop or find it in your favorite record store. In case they don’t have it in stock yet, tell the responsible to order it at our distributor Sonic Rendezvous.
You can download a digital copy at the iTunes store, and the album is also available on various streaming services, but please be aware: no better way of supporting independent music/artists than by buying a physical copy.
We are happy to announce the next release in our catalogue, after some hectic and very unforeseen virus messed with our and everybody’s plans the past 6 months. ‘The Chromatic Gardener’ is the new album of Saxkartel, the illustrious saxophone quartet that had an intense existence already over 10 years ago, with two previous albums and a prestigious prize under its belt. After a decent hibernation period, here’s version 2.0, with a new and original repertoire and a fresh and burning line-up. Release date is 15 September, 2020. Look out for it in your favorite record store, or in the iTunes store or various streaming media. Most supportive way to purchase is via our webshop on this website. We ship internationally with love!!
Due to the current situation with corona & covid-19, we have decided to postpone our recently announced release of the new album of SAXKARTEL. The album is rescheduled for after the summer, and the exact date will be announced in due time.
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