Heard in the scene
is the amazing debut of jazz singer Heleen van den Hombergh
with Tony Overwater (double bass), Bert van den Brink (piano & keyboards), and Joshua Samson (percussion) - released this month by Munich Records, (BMCD 336). Piano miracle Bert van den Brink
worked with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Toots Thielemans, Chet Baker
and others. Tony Overwater
has won several prizes for his remarkable music and special international projects.
Bert van den Brink heard Heleen's voice and spoke of love on first hearing
. Having performed and recorded with many vocalists before he was struck by Heleens natural talent: Pure beauty without mannerism...what a joy!!
. Accurate, crystal clear, daring and...warm Heleen van den Hombergh sings her own way through a diverse repertoire....This is not a searching debut but a solid-style, well thought-out statement
(Jazz Critic Imme Schade van Westrum). Mature and intelligent performance (..) I'm glad she creates and seeks unusual material and the well-known standards are given a very fresh and I must say, exotic, arrangement.
(Graham Hüner, MVS Radio Singin' Jazz).
On Heard in the scene
Heleen performs not only songs written by Tony Overwater and herself, but also very special interpretations of Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder, Supertramp, together with Gershwin, Brubeck and Joe Sample.
Miss Heleen van den Hombergh was born in 1964 in The Netherlands. Jazz music soon inspired her to be a jazz singer. But she decided to travel around the world as a scientific researcher, which she did for many years. Now at last she's back and has become a jazz singer of whom The Netherlands can be really proud. She explores jazz and pop songs with her warm and soulful voice and shows the world that she's a natural talent.