Recommended: Maarten Hogenhuis Trio – “Mimicry”


Mimicry is a wonderful straight-ahead saxophone session from the trio of Maarten Hogenhuis, bassist Thomas Rolff and drummer Mark Schilders.  Hogenhuis has an appealingly casual delivery that is generous with restraint and heavy with lyricism.  Shaping the melody like a flickering candlelight, Hogenhuis translates this to the trio’s rhythmic approach, which often gives the impression of a dancing flame.  When the trio slows things down on “The Single Petal of a Rose-Le Sucrier Velours” and “Sonder,” the music exudes thick emotions that draw the attention in, but it’s when they scoot along at a brisker pace that the fun emerges.  For instance, “Coko” dares the foot not to tap along to the tempo and the hyperactive “Three Monkeys” can’t sit still, doesn’t even try.

I enjoyed this album right from the start.  Each subsequent listen only increases my adoration of the recording.

Your album personnel:  Maarten Hogenhuis (saxophones), Thomas Rolff (double bass) and Mark Schilders (drums).

The album is Self-Produced.

Listen to more of the album at the artist’s Bandcamp page.

Music from the Amsterdam scene.

Available at:  Bandcamp | Amazon