Almost Human

Talking Cows

Vermeerssen’s opening solo reveals an unfussy articulation, rather like Wayne Shorter’s in it service to fresh ideas above involuntary phraseology. Vermeersen’s history with the Willem Breuker Kollektief and Bik Bent Braam has buttressed his versatility. He can play fast and take bluesy riffing and triple tonguing into squalling abstraction, as on the punchy ‘A Serious Lack Of Humour’, or stubbornly peck out simple rhythmic figures.

DownBeat     ****1/2