The Dutch pianist Martin Fondse has been searching for innovation throughout his entire career. The composer, who is a member of The Groove Troopers as well as the Martin Fondse Oktemble, finally seems to have achieved his dream. With the Starvinsky Orkestar
, he explores the limits of jazz with influences from pop, film and classical music. This year he released his debut album Fragrant Moondrops
with this groundbreaking orchestra that includes trumpeter Eric Vloeimans. The Starvinsky Orkestar magnificently combines the instruments of a classical orchestra, including oboe, clarinet and strings, with the drums, trumpet and saxophone sections of a jazz line-up. Moreover, the improvisations of the Starvinsky Orkestar are not culturally bound so that diverse international influences come together in a vibrant and organic whole. A must for enthusiasts of dynamic, inspiring fusion jazz.