THE YURI HONING TRIO

Star Tracks was not intended to be a high-fidelity recording.

The Yuri Honing Trio, formed in 1990, made their international breakthrough in 1996 with the release of their CD Star Tracks - featuring Walking On The Moon which combines two worlds that don't often meet - the pop/rock/reggae world and the world of Jazz. Their interpretation of Walking On The Moon appears on DALI CD Vol. 1.

Track: Walking On The Moon (Sting)
Album: Star Tracks (1996)
Label: Jazz in Motion Records
Appears on: DALI CD Vol. 1


The career
The album Star Tracks featured an anthology of West European pop music from the period 1974-1995, which was the music the musicians grew up listening to. Album sales rose far beyond expectation (it became their best-selling album to date) and gave the trio an entry in every jazz encyclopedia published since. As well as being part of a successful trio, frontman Yuri Honing and his fellow musicians all have successful individual careers.

Star Tracks was followed by the albums Sequel and Orient Express, which brought together classical Arab music and European progressive jazz. In 2004, the trio presented Alive, their first-ever live album, recorded at the well-known Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

Interestingly enough, according to Honing, Star Tracks was not intended to be a high-fidelity recording. Made in a relatively inexpensive recording studio without a lot of gear and limited time to make the recording, the result yielded unexpectedly good sonic results.

"We chose this track, not just because of the good recording or the performances by the very skilled and talented musicians, but also because it combines two worlds that do not often meet. The combination of the pop/rock/reggae world of an immortal Police/Sting song and the world of jazz as well as the exploration of tone and rhythm within the boundaries of the song creates a new melody within the melody of the original."

This version of Sting's masterpiece becomes a star track in its own right. A journey for the listener that not many recordings offer. Although it is not as accessible as the three previous tracks, we hope you will keep an open mind and enjoy this track as much as we do.

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