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Trumpets Around The World

Saskia Laroo

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Now's the time that Amsterdam's own Saskia Laroo unleashes her latest album highlighting her jubilee (40 years on stage, 25 years of Laroo Records and Saskia Laroo Band)--and it's right on time! Saskia plays all her instruments on this album: trumpet, bass, sax and singing, with funky dance, hip hop, world grooves, and jazzy flavors melded together--all Saskia Laroo compositions and collaborations with vocalists and instrumentalists like keyboardist/vocalist Warren Byrd, trombonist Joseph 'Mr Defunkt' Bowie, rappers from Netherlands, US & Burundi and more! Be ready to groove from hip hop to bossa to reggae, from blues to funk with a smooth salsa-- with her and all that jazzy trumpet.

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How to order

You can (pre)order my new CD + LP 'Trumpets Around The World' at your local record store or from the distributor's website
--> In the US via City Hall Records  > CD 'Trumpets Around The World' > LP 'Trumpets Around The World'
--> In the Netherlands via Suburban Distribution 'Trumpets Around The World' > order in English > bestel in het Nederlands choose CD or LP

Last but not least,you can order  any available CD / LP /DVD here directly from me. The price for sending includes track & trace. Contact me at saskialaroo@hotmail.com if you want the package sent via insured mail.

Jan 9, 2020 Album review (in Dutch) for keysandchords.com by Patrick van der Wiele, Belgium

new single

Downtown In The City

Saskia Laroo

Released Fri Oct 18 here and all download/streaming platforms

Laroo not only asserts her relevance but also the universality of good cheer with this piece, a party in itself. In homage to Legendary Dutch saxophonist Hans Dulfer, her lead vocals exhort liberty and eternal youth to a wieldy juxtaposition of grungy and bluesy guitars paired with Earth, Wind, and Fire-like horns over romping rhythms. Dulfer—father of Candy—continues to gig prodigiously, knocking down audiences rife amongst whom young enough to be his great-grandkids. A chorale of Saskia launches the anthem reminiscent of 2Pac's big hit “California Love”. Rapper/Vocalist M.C. Complex splatters the page with Downtown-gettin’-down scenarios. Byrd paints with expanding pads and keys runs harkening to The Doors “Riders On The Storm”. Gaasterland garnishes with additional partying keys comps. Music: Saskia Laroo Lyrics: Saskia Laroo, Adeiye Tjon Tam Pau Saskia Laroo: vocals, rap vocals, trumpet, alto sax
 Adeiye Tjon Tam Pau alias MC Complex: vocals, rap vocals 
 Warren Byrd: keyboards, adjunct horn arrangement 
Rob Gaasterland: keyboards, sound effects

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Bring it Back

Saskia Laroo

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Saskia’s fondness for inflection colors her intent for this song’s title and it’s multiple meanings. Mr. Gaasterland, boundless in wizardry transmuted it from Laroo’s former ol’-school up-funk by steeping it in a modern, EDM vibe. While it’s text may yearn to fix failed relations, derailed or aborted communications, while it may refer to persons, society, or world leaders, she also insists it can refer to re-instating the LP, hence, bringing songs back on track. Legend Joseph Bowie of Defunkt fame (no pun intended) brandishes his brass throughout, including a pas de deux with Laroo’s trumpet, whose wistful vocals inveigle our ears. Rapper MC Complex’s lyrics wield gravitas onto this opus.

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Groovin' hard

Saskia Laroo

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Saskia pinned this piece to as eulogy to late trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who passed away recently, only age 49. Saskia had the honor of jamming with him on several occasions. A smooth, funk-grooved, feel-good number to celebrate this great, she calls on references to his popular “Strasborg-St. Denis”. It’s kinship as well to the work of another legend, Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good” is pervasive. Warren Byrd’s horn arrangement culls that West Coast jazz vibe in collusion with his tasteful keys and string synths throughout. Bassist Doug “Basszilla” Long of Hartford, CT lays a deep, deft groove and slaps incisively when it’s time with his 5-string—lekkere jazz-funk.

Music: Saskia Laroo, Warren Byrd Lyrics: Saskia Laroo


Saskia Laroo: trumpet, alto sax, 
Alexander Beets: tenor sax 
 Warren Byrd: keyboards, string synths, horn arrangement
 
 Douglas Long alias Basszilla: electric bass

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Hartford Is My Home

Saskia Laroo

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Hartford is the capital of Connecticut, a state situated in New England, the region northwest of New York. First gig tour there, Saskia encounters Americans who tell her they’re sorry to hear that Hartford was her destination, deeming it the most boring city in the US. Saskia belies their prejudice, falling in love with this town of 100,000 or so, having found joy there...and love as well, namely, in her spouse and musical cohort, Warren Byrd. This number’s laconic hip-hop funk soon slides into a jazz/blues 3rd chorus featuring his crooning followed by the freestyling and song of his nephew, PremeAlom. Beets's tenor spills out soulful obbligatos viś a viś Laroo’s muted tones. Byrd’s keys and bass conception propels the track, a conception later over-dubbed by bassist Daniel Gueli’s rich upright sound. Beat creation is by Laroo and Gaasterland.
 
 Music: Saskia Laroo 
 Lyrics: Saskia Laroo
, Jaykuan Williams 
 Saskia Laroo: trumpet
 Warren Byrd: vocals, keyboard, synth bass
 Jaykuan Williams alias PremeAlom: vocals, rap vocals 
 Alexander Beets: tenor saxophone 
Daniel Gueli alias Daniel Ijburg: upright bass
 Rob Gaasterland: drums, guitar editing

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