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REF Trio - Born To Be Blue

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“Superb musicianship and just fantastic sound.”
- Audiophile Style

Rob van Kreeveld - piano
Edwin Corzilius - double bass
Frits Landesbergen - vibraphone

Total time: 47:34

Original recording format DXD 352kHz.
All other formats are converted versions of the original.

"The whole thing of being in music is not to control it
but to be swept away by it"...
- Bobby Hutcherson


I had been toying with the idea for a long time. I wanted to create a recording showing that the vibes can have a big warm sound and that it is possible to play 'beautiful music' on the instrument. The vibes is an instrument which lends itself for virtuoso music. Examples enough, Lionel Hampton, Terry Gibbs...but how about the melancholy side of the instrument, has that ever been fully explored?

A chamber ensemble seemed to me to be the best setting for realizing the sound I had in mind. I contacted master pianist Rob van Kreeveld and long time friend and superb bassist Edwin Corzilius to help me with the project. It turned out to be a dream team. The music came to us so easily. The ballads and waltzes turned out exactly as how I had pictured it; warm and relaxed, keeping the song central.

As a musician one always has wishes. One hopes to get to play in certain places, or play with one’s musical heroes... I have been most fortunate in my career, as many of the things I wished for when I was young, actually did happen. And now this new "mature" wish has been made possible by Peter Bjørnild and Frans de Rond, two producers with an incredible big hart for music and sound.

Thank you Rob, Edwin, Peter and Frans, I am so very happy with the result, I believe we have created some beautiful music.

Frits Landesbergen

When creating the sound stage, Frans spent a great deal of time getting the balance of the REF Trio  as optimal as possible using the ambient microphone stereo pair placed in the 'sweet spot' in Studio 2, before adding the spot microphones. We wanted to create a sound field that was intimate but also had enough depth to reflect a visual representation of the instruments. We wanted the melodic part of each instrument to stand out without overshadowing the whole.

Thus the piano and the vibes have been given a position in the sound field, instead of the more common, radio friendly approach, with the instruments piled on top of each other with no placement. The benefit of this approach is that you can actually see the trio in front of you between the speakers.
In a sense we are old fashioned, maybe we listened to too many old jazz recordings, but on the other hand.......this is what we believe a high-resolution recording should be about.

Peter Bjørnild and Frans de Rond

Recording and mastering by Frans de Rond

Recorded at MCO, Studio 2, Hilversum, The Netherlands, on the 12th of November 2017
Produced by Peter Bjørnild

Piano tuning technician: Naomi van Schoot

Used equipment:


Main system AB - Schoeps MK5 (2x)
Piano - Sonodore RCM-402 (2x)
Double bass - Josephson C700

Vibraphone - Josephson C617 (2x)

Microphone cables by AudioQuest
Speakers: TAD Compact Evolution
Poweramp: Moon 760A

Mixing headphones: Sennheiser HD800 / AKG 702

All power cables and power conditioners by AudioQuest

Portrait photo - Ronald Speijer

Catalog Number: SL-1033A

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