A Long Story Short

The title ‘A Long Story Short’ has always been a phrase that appealed to Rembrandt’s imagination. It is a phrase that, on multiple levels, speaks to the artistic development of this trio.

‘We have recently been examining the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan, whose conceptual approach has been of particular inspiration. In his search for the essence of beauty, Mondriaan developed his own visual language. His example feels like a great encouragement for us to look for ways to blend all our influences into an individual style that reflects the time we live in.

Even if our shared love for Middle Eastern music can hardly be heard literally on this album, it is an important compositional factor. The challenge is of course to translate this aesthetic to the musical language of the modern creative piano trio. In this process I always try to keep in mind Mondriaans principal of trying to capture the essence of something by the abstraction of it.’

– From the booklet notes by Rembrandt Frerichs

‘A casual and uncompromising reflection of this trio’s spirit of research and curiosity. That individuality makes this album true and unique.’

— Jazzenzo

‘Like the painter Piet Mondriaan, Frerichs wants to bundle all influences in order to arrive at his own style that reflects the present. He brilliantly succeeds in this with the eleven original compositions.’

— Jazzthing

‘A long-awaited masterpiece’

— Jazz Tokyo


Rembrandt Frerichs – ‘Spring Bells’

The Rembrandt Frerichs Trio live at the BIMhuis Amsterdam, 2015. The original composition is also featured on the trio’s album ‘A Long Story Short’.

Rembrandt Frerichs – ‘Silberschmitt’

Rembrandt Frerichs on piano, Tony Overwater on double bass & Vinsent Planjer on drums. Live at the BIMhuis Amsterdam, 2014.

Rembrandt Frerichs – ‘A Long Story Short’

Rembrandt Frerichs Trio. Live at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam, 2014. The original composition is featured on the trio’s album by the same name.

‘By allowing Eastern influences, poetry also appears in Frerichs’ music. Crisp contemplative music'.

— Friesch Dagblad

‘A meandering and undulating route through an abundance of rhythmic and esthetic domains, and dynamics. With a Persianesque effort that delicately careers through a palette of rich hues in a manner that suggests energized delicacy and a deep understanding of the source culture.’

— Jerusalem Post

‘Angular rhythms, tight measure changes and sophisticated arrangements give Frerichs, Overwater and Planjer maximum opportunity to demonstrate their mutual coordination.’

— Kwadratuur

‘A Long Story Short evokes epic feelings. From the first, powerful sounds to the longing Nordic melodies and the oriental-sounding hymns, you can’t help but listen.’

— SRF 2 Kulturtipp

‘The end result is a perfect album’

— Music Emo