Vermeulen established himself as a praiseworthy soloist with a preference for unconventional chords and a sublime sensitivity for silence. The rhythmsection, bassist Piet Verbist and drummer Eric Thielemans, shows a rich temperament that corresponds harmonicaly with the the nuanced playing of the bandleader.
This is not a band that gets his credit through its sofistication, but the superlative is alwayse sought in contents. This, one could even notice in the drumsolos that consisted of a calm elaboration of a simple pattern on sequently three drums or a roll that lasted several minutes where the strings of the drum started a hypnotizing humming.
It must be the unemphatic refinement that must have caused Ben Sluijs to be an undicovered master. Trully jazz for connoisseurs.
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