The Jazzpainter of Amsterdam

Speaking Frankly about the making of ‘Frankly Speaking’

A thought about saxophonist and composer Frank Paavo

“In the midst of modern society, with its overwhelming density of sounds and notes, nothing expresses our emotional truth more than music can. Amsterdam-based saxophonist and composer Frank Paavo joyfully and playfully captures the moods and movements of the energetic metropolis with his new ensemble that offers a rich palette of versatility and originality, covering three generations of far-reaching artistic exploration. At the helm, Paavo makes the trip worthwhile. His music breathes the past and present tense simultaneously, scintillatingly referring to the memory of the lively improv sessions at the old Bimhuis, and yet, at the same time eagerly anticipating and facilitating the promises and the unknown of improvised music yet to come. The Dutch have always had a reputation for bringing a lofty and witty counter voice to jazz, the greatest of all original American art forms, with such greats as Willem Breuker, Han Bennink and Mischa Mengelberg — and Frank Paavo’s narrative saxophone paintings are no exception. He never settles for the known, but gently and gracefully approaches the unknown in an animated conversation. With fresh melodies, strong ensemble playing and daring arrangements Frankly Speaking is an album of pure musical expression that reflects the dynamics of living in this crazy little place we call the here and now. Let’s dance together into the unknown.”

Tom Beek (saxophonist, lyricist and graphical designer)

‘Amsterdam cheeky’

Michael Klier, Nederlandse Toonkunstenaarsbond (NTB) 

‘Bright, striking, contrasting and daring.

Peter J. Korten, Jazzflits

‘Great music! Reminds me of the old Blue Note recordings of Gil Mellé, and that’s a big compliment.

Hans Dulfer (saxofonist en radiomaker)  

‘Saxophonist Frank Paavo has released a beautiful album.’

Rolf Delfos/ Sublime FM

‘Beautiful CD, which was presented with conviction in Splendor.

Michael Peterson (Artist manager bij EMI records/ Peterson Productions) 

‘I hope the world will enjoy Frank’s music.

Tom Beek

Frank Paavo proves that good Jazz is made in the Netherlands with his new CD ‘Frankly Speaking.’

Gerhard ten hoopen, Fascinating Jazz Radio.

‘Nice record!’

Fred Dubiez/ Concertzender 


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De muziek van Frank Paavo is een product van een artiest die de tijd genomen heeft om te rijpen en nu in de bloei is van zijn rijpingsproces. Na het succesvolle debuut-album ‘Jazz Painter’ uit 2017 is dit zijn tweede CD.

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