The Dutch pianist Martin Fondse has been searching for innovationthroughout his entire career. The composer, who is a member of TheGroove Troopers as well as the Martin Fondse Oktemble, finallyseems to have achieved his dream. With the Starvinsky Orkestar, heexplores the limits of jazz with influences from pop, film andclassical music. This year he released his debut album FragrantMoondrops with this groundbreaking orchestra that includestrumpeter Eric Vloeimans. The Starvinsky Orkestar magnificentlycombines the instruments of a classical orchestra, including oboe,clarinet and strings, with the drums, trumpet and saxophonesections of a jazz line-up. Moreover, the improvisations of theStarvinsky Orkestar are not culturally bound so that diverseinternational influences come together in a vibrant and organicwhole. A must for enthusiasts of dynamic, inspiring fusionjazz.