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Reinier presents “Images”

 Reinier Voet (1962) released his new quartet album ‘IMAGES’. On this new album, the guitarist, who until now was best known for his gipsy jazz style, takes a new path with his own compositions and arrangements. Apart from Voet, the quartet is made up of musicians also known in jazz: Jelle van Tongeren (violin), Mischa Kool (double bass), and Harold Berghuis (rhythm guitar).

In Django’s footsteps, Voet style

January 13th took the trio, with Karin van Kooten as a special guest, to the legendary Studio 2 of MCO (Muziek Centrum van de Omroep) in Hilversum.
The studio that was designed as the fist radiostudio for live music in Holland has seen many jazzheros since it was built in the early 1930ies.

Even Django has played there, as part of his short stay in Holland in November 1937. He was invited to play a live radioshow with members of the, then immensely popular, Dutch dance band The Ramblers.

Django and gang in font of the Studio 2 entrance

Reinier cooked up a lovey set of Django tunes, gypsy jazz classics, more unknown material and of course some Voet tunes for a live cd-recording.

Reinier, Jan, Jet and Karin spent a productive afternoon and morning in the studio and the result is to there!

Feature in magazine

Reinier and the band are featured in Robin Nolan’s Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets magazine, and happy with Robin Nolan’s kind words!

“Kings Of Amsterdam Swing: Reinier Voet & Pigalle44”

I’ve known Reinier Voet and Jan Brouwer ever since I first moved to Amsterdam many years ago and have always looked up to them as experts in all things gypsy jazz and Django Reinhardt related. Jan played rhythm guitar in my trio in the late 90s and has always been one of my favorite guys to make music with. Reinier, somewhat a dark horse in the gypsy jazz world has always impressed me with his guitar playing. Whenever I would check him out over the years in the bars and cafe’s of Amsterdam he would surprise me with his beautiful, sensitive touch and deep understanding of Django’s music. We also share a love of Bireli Lagrene and have enjoyed many a beer raving about guitars and music till deep into the night.

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Custom made pick

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.