Vogelkwartet leader Tjitze Vogel and experimental vocalist Jaap Blonk found they shared a love for poet Dylan Thomas. This interest led to a beautiful CD, the quartet's best effort and another strong addition to Blonk's stellar discography. Except for six short pieces of sound poetry, all the pieces on Come to Catch Your Voice bring together Thomas' words and the contemporary classical/avant-garde jazz hybrid of Vogelkwartet. Vogel and Blonk share writing credits. The fruits of this collaboration are delicate art songs, wild and tender. Both composers chose some of the poet's earliest works, written while in his teens. Their fresh, naïve look at the world translates into the scores. The quartet (Vogel on double bass, Jasper Le Clercq on violin, Lothar Ohlmeier on bass clarinet and soprano saxophone, and Joost Swinkels on trombone) plays more freely than on previous recordings, with confidence. Blonk, as usual, inhabits the texts; he does not sing them, he interprets them like the half-singer half-actor he is. "Love in the Asylum" is predictably more insane and convincingly rendered. Other highlights include "Now Say Nay" and "I Have Come to Catch Your Voice," with its melody somewhat more accessible, like a Braaxtaal song. Recommended.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture