For this release Reinier invites violinist Jelle van Tongeren. An album that is comprised of songs from the ‘gypsy jazz’ songbook but also with music from the pen of Reinier.
This release has been made possible thanks to the contributions of our bandfriends on Indiegogo
For the recording of My Room, Reinier almost exclusively played on his first Gypsy Jazz guitar: a 1979 Joseph DiMauro, Model Jazz II.
My Room can be seen as a heart meant tribute to Joseph Di Mauro. Or, as Django connoisseur, Michael Dregni says: “Joseph Di Mauro worked alchemy on his guitars, and that glorious sound is alive throughout this album – warm, rich, and very human. And in thanks, Voet’s solo guitar piece “Pour Joseph” is dedicated to Joseph Di Mauro”.
Co-founder of the band Jan Brouwer, seemingly chuffed with his Favino #148 from 1972
Working with Jelle van Tongeren is just such bliss! A great sense of humour, interactive playing and fun! Reinier and Jelle really are a musical match.
Reinier Voet combines Gypsy Jazz and Jazz with guitars that work well in both styles. Just have listen to his 1951 Gibson ES150 in My Room.
A part of the Crowdfunder at Indiegogo: As every guitarist has a preference for his plectrums, so does Reinier:
“The perfect pick develops by playing it into shape. The tip of the pick enables you create a warm sound. The secret is the way the tip hits the string. I have analyzed one of my favorite picks together with my friend and Luthier Thijs van der Harst of Moustache Guitars. With his knowledge and tools we found a way to reproduce that ideal pick. It now saves me (and YOU!) a lot of time to get to that point and it will start you off with pleasant playing.”
It is good to have Thijs on board for this job: he is a great craftsman and has built a nice range of wonderful sounding guitars. His eye for detail, his ear for sound, his quest for the right wood and the care for his instruments make him a luthier who earned much respect in gypsy jazz scene.