Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet

Drummer, Joost Lijbaart, playing at the DSG Auditorium in Grahamstown on 2 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. (Photo: CuePix/Hlumela Mkabile)

Seen on July 2, 2015 @ National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Desire can be interpreted in many ways. Sex, security, comfort, silence. The music that the Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet brings to the Standard Bank Jazz Festival comes mainly from the quartet’s recent release called Desire. They open with the title song that has no harmonious resolve. Yuri Honing has been making music for a long time and leaves an intensive discography, traveled the world and has enjoyed a lot of what life has to over. The music is filled with longing, warmth, waiting and attentive listening inspired by classical music, Sufi and of course jazz. His unique, powerful sax sound makes you want to listen to everything the quartet has to offer. Messenger and Renaissance release that ultra tight drum sound of Joost Lijbaart and Gulli Gudmundsson’s bass sustains. Next song was “stolen” from Goldfrett. Its baroque serves as an overture for the next beautiful song by Monteverdi “Let me die“, an opera played as happily as they can. The set closes with the deep groove of Carlo Ble and the very chilled True.

Yuri Honing seems sunken into contemplation searching for sound to respond to the dephts of the soul. Wolfert Brederode’s fragile piano playing and the beautiful sound of Yuri Honing on his big saxophone long for fullness of life and leaving behind of earthly existence, remembering all the good that was there. Excellent.