Carmen Gomes Inc.

'Souljazz with a Bluesy touch'

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Carmen Gomes Inc.

Carmen Gomes (vocals)

is able to add her personal 'je ne sais quoi' to the pieces she sings in an inimitable way. She won several prizes, performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and played with Louis van Dijk and  the Metropole Orchestra. 

Folker Tettero (guitar)

mingles jazz, blues and funk into his own unique blend. He promises to be one of the leading jazz guitarists of his generation. He is sideman in numerous bands, plays with the New Standard Trio and Tettero.

Peter Bjørnild (DK) (double bass)

dedicates his musical genius and international experience to bring the sound of the band to the highest level. He has played with Ed Thigpen, Thad Jones and Bennie Wallace, among others.

Bert Kamsteeg (drums)

is a member Kenturah’s Kitchen and sees to the rhythmic manoeuvrability of the ensemble in his own subtle way. The four musicians complement each other perfectly. Strong as soloists, yet continuously searching for unity, they are capable of picking up each musical theme and moulding it into the unique sound which is so typical of this band.
The music can be described as Soul Jazz with a Bluesy touch.

What the press says :

‘Gomes Sings “You better come on into my kitchen, ‘cause it’s going to be raining outdoors” and what a wondrous musical kitchen she possesses. 
The utensils are the thoughtfully played musical notes. The chef is Carmen herself, serving a dream-like melodic delicacy. We at Adore Jazz, play the music from Gomes’ new CD “Torn” with great joy’
Guy Zinger - Reviewer & Writer, All About Jazz  Station Programming Manager; Adore Jazz 

‘Her style is bluesy and intimate with a sexy voice that's sweet as dark tupelo honey, and her interpretations are unerring. The musicians play to her and to each other and the ensemble is so tight that the four musicians breathe and move as one. There are some standards on the set that knocked me over with their fresh approach. Any singer can misplace a few accents and rhythms and come up with something that's original, but perhaps also uneasy and a little strange. Not Gomes, who has taken the songs to their bones and then restructured them to suit her style. Thus "Fever" doesn't sound like a cover of Peggy Lee; it sounds like a brand new take on a familiar song. You emerge from hearing it not thinking it's better or lesser than Lee's version, but that it's a valid new interpretation that could have come first.
Gomes creates a languid, bluesy version that is a little bit reminiscent of Bobbie Gentry while still coming across as quite original. It'll cast a spell over you’

Rad Bennet, SoundStage! magazine

‘Gomes has a bluesy voice, that balances gracefully between sensual surrender and control’.E. van den Berg - De Volkskrant
 ‘When she sings the blues, she sounds as if plucked from the cotton fields. In a gospel-typed tune, one has to restrain oneself from shouting hallelujah’
Jeroen de Valk - Het Parool

‘She knows how to give her own compositions a magnificent expression’
Bert Vuijsje - HP/De Tijd

‘The most important thing is that she’s got the blues. I don’t mean she sings blues-songs - which also happens occasionally - but more importantly, in her phrasing you can hear everything that the blues stands for. That is quite an achievement’
Kees Polling -Trouw
‘Carmen Gomes belongs at the top of the new generation. Not only because she has a perfect voice for the style and the gift of a heart-felt interpretation, but also because she’s very active as a composer …’Sticks’ from Cannonball Adderley... In this burning interpretation Carmen evokes the spirit of Ella Fitzgerald’ 
 Wim Schulpen - De Limburger

‘Gomes has expanded her musical terrain to pop and funk.…an excellent cd by a visionary artist’
Klaas Koopman - De Gooi- en Eemlander

‘Pure and accesible jazz with a bluesy feel, that makes you tingle’
Peter Nørgaard - Ekstra bladet (Denmark)

‘A relaxed, elegant, sensitive, mature and bluesy sound. One doesn’t have to be black to feel the essence of the blues....surprisingly though, it’s done so well Holland - but factum est’
Jørgen Sørensen - Helsingør Dagblad (Denmark)

‘The big voice from Holland’
BT (Denmark)

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