Live At Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf 2012
Ab Baars / Meinrad Kneer / Bill Elgart
"live at konfrontationen nickelsdorf 2012 features baars in a trio, which had quite a few gigs in those days, a co-op with german bassist meinrad kneer and long-time american-in-europe expatriate drummer bill elgart. for those used to baars’ gentlemanly ellington-affected playing and composing the first sound heard on “nickelsdorf suite #1 part i” may shock. here’s the dutchman skronking harsh aylerian smears from his saxophone. at the same time though baars’ altissimo screams and tonal exaggerations slide securely in place besides the weightlifter-like string pulls that kneer resonates to solidify the rhythm and elgart’s elegant pings and ruffs which moderate the output. - ken waxman, 11 november 2018, jazzword.com "
Ab Baars Trio
"While making readers aware that the Ab Baars trio - whose line-up has Wilbert de Joode's double bass and Martin van Duynhoven's drums appearing alongside the leader's tenor sax, clarinet, and shakuhachi - started in 1990, Slate Blue's liner notes implicitly invite the listener to measure the progress made by this trio, also its unvarying distance from the "landscape". -Beppe Colli"
Ab Baars Trio
"the deft and creative musicianship here creates a very sophisticated type of conversation, indulging the full range of musical emotion. Recommended. -Thom Jurek, All Music"
A Free Step: The Music of John Carter
Ab Baars Trio
"Ab Baars was a student and colleague of John Carter from the late ’80s until the great composer-clarinetist died in ’91. Baars obviously learned some big lessons given the Amsterdam-based clarinetist-tenor saxophonist’s excellent interpretations of 10 of Carter’s most technically treacherous and deeply moving compositions on A Free Step. Baars’ use of such Carter clarinet signatures as a piercing tone in the high register, skittering, largely chromatic runs and visceral overtones repeatedly bear an uncanny likeness to his mentor’s. But Baars is clearly pursuing his own voice through this demanding, rewarding material; in this regard, his outings on tenor provide a necessary contrast. His colleagues are well-suited for the project: Wilbert de Joode is a powerful bass player, whose work is often strongly felt before the notes are fully articulated in the mind; and Martin van Duynhoven is a solid ensemble player who pushes the music with shrewd cross rhythms. They are a trio that does justice to the music of John Carter. –BILL SHOEMAKER, JazzTimes"
Party At The Bimhuis
Ab Baars Trio & Guests
""Concision and concentrated emotion commingle with technical proficiency at a quite rarefied level throughout. Discipline and definitude are combined with a sometimes-dizzying willingness to explore uncharted territory in a thoroughly engaging fashion. Baars can be bracingly abstract at times - particularly on clarinet - then turn around and prod your viscera with tenor playing nakedly ardent enough to give Gene Ammons a run for his money. … Discipline and definitude are combined with a sometimes-dizzying willingness to explore uncharted territory in a thoroughly engaging fashion. ... Party at the Bimhuis is a brilliant recording." Bill Barton, Sudden Thoughts CD Reviews credits "
Ab Baars Trio + Rosewell Rudd
"...If you are accustomed to the eclectic, dissonant and perhaps even sometimes bullying Baars language, then you’ll find some true gems on the album Four. The group interaction and the improvisations are of an exceptionally high level. Rudd fits perfectly with the trio; together they form a real quartet.” Kees Stevens Parool 31/7/2001"