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India 2016

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April 2016, the Marnix Busstra Band did an extended tour through India, perfectly organized by good old Anand Singh Bawa. This was the line-up of the band (from left to right on the picture): Mark Haanstra – bass Pieter Bast – drums Jeroen van Vliet – piano Marnix Busstra – guitar The band played in New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and… Read more »


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This live 2008 two disc set was recorded in early December over three days in Belgium and The Netherlands. This is a strong and vibrant pairing of American vibraphonist Mainieri with three European musicians for a meeting that brings together a modern impressionistic sensibility with good old fashioned bebop. The date begins with the simply titled “Piece.” This intrepid tune… Read more »

Jazz Nu – Ton Ouwehand

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Een Amerikaanse gast op een Nederlandse cd, dat komt vaker voor. Maar op ‘It’s all in the mind’ de nieuwste cd van Second Vision kreeg gitarist Marnix Busstra de medewerking van zowel zangeres Dianne Reeves als van vibrafonist Mike Mainieri. Beiden werkten met plezier mee. Mainieri stelde zelfs voor om met de groep op tournee te gaan. Omgekeerde wereld is… Read more »


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“The quartet is an extremely convincing unit. “As if it’s a single breath”…” The Buzz Bros Band is a remarkable quartet with an extremely agreeable sound, playing a distinctive type of acoustic/electric fusion that’s easy to the ear, yet not superficial. The quartet is an extremely convincing unit. “As if it’s a single breath”, says one of the group’s members,… Read more »


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“The band, …, delivers a perfect electric jazz performance. Fully recommended!” Review DVD: “The Same New Story” – Buzz Bros Band Turtle Records This section is for reviewing movies only – but The Same New Story, the first DVD of the Buzz Bros Band, inspired us to make an exception. The band, formed around guitarist and composer Marnix Busstra and his… Read more »


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“The music is original, pensive at times, then intense. Marnix’ performance is as cool as the white factory tiles on the walls, but his playing is as colorful as the stage lighting.” On April 4, 2005, a deserted factory was converted into a concert venue, creating a perfect environment for filming the Buzz Bros in concert. About a hundred visitors… Read more »

All Music – Michael G. Nastos

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Mike Mainieri’s work as a leader or alongside his friends in Steps Ahead has never vaulted him to the top of the critics’ polls, despite the fact that he is unquestionably a gifted vibraphonist and staunchly confident contemporary figurehead in the fusion-to-neo-bop movement. Perhaps this recording, with the equally talented guitarist Marnix Busstra, will allow both musicians the due they… Read more »

Bass Musician – Jake Kot

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“… to create a unique and poignant mutually artistic statement …” The Mike Mainieri / Marnix Busstra Quartet CD Trinary Motion represents a sterling musical landscape combining the elements of composition, improvisation, and musicality to create a unique and poignant mutually artistic statement, a challenging scenario at any point in time. The interplay and virtuosity of each individual player is a… Read more »

Jazz Weekly – George W. Harris

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Vibist Mike Mainieri has played with everyone from Diz, Hawk, Wes and Buddy Rich before founding his own niche-creating band Steps Ahead. Here, he works with the compositions of co-leader/guitarist Marnix Busstra for a dozen very clever, intriguing and accessible tunes that mix clever soloing with exciting interplay. Along with Eric Van Der Westen/b and Pieter Bast/dr, the vibes and… Read more »