The jazz of trumpet player and arranger Eric Vloeimans stays remarkable. He pulls you into his improvisational story, always trying new things, stimulates and hands out a bit of teasing here and there. Because that's the confidence the blazer has yet. He is able to do it and this inspires others. Like the international company, Brutto Gusto, with whom he recorded his newest CD, a live album. The Vietnamese guitar wizard Nguyên Lê, the Swedish Cellist/bassist Lars Danielsson, the Finnish drummer/percussionist Markku Ounaskari and Vloeimans played together for the first time on the 'Klap op de Vuurpijl'-festival of Willem Breuker, where happily recordings were made as well. The chemistry between those four was so great that another tour is planned for next year. No other agenda is that full as the one belonging to Vloeimans. The Brabantine trumpet player, who lives in Rotterdam for a long time now, is doing well. Snatches from the activities of last year: a tour with the 'Dutch all-star group' (with a.o. Jesse van Ruller, Benjamin Herman and Michiel Borstlap) in Japan, then hit the road with his semi acoustic/semi electric band Gatecrash, a Portuguese tour with a big band conducted by Maria Schneider, in between the Italian bassist Furio Di Castri and also an European tour with Jasper van't Hof's Pili Pili. And not to forget he gave a personal interpretation as artistic leader to the program of the jazz festival Jazz International Rotterdam. And moreover he also got the prestigious Boy Edgar Price early this year. Not bad!