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The music’s deeply, deeply melodic — even in the detachment of harmonies naturally attached to jazz. The very nature of Wijnen’s role as bandleader, composer, and pianist… dictates a far more accessible venture than one of a standoffish performance meant to impress with technique and design over casual, if expressive, conversation favored by this swinging artist. Bob Wijnen dresses and undresses the notes as only an experienced, in-the-pocket jazz pianist can.

Carol Banks Weber, AXS

Born in the Netherlands, pianist/composer Bob Wijnen's debut album NYC Unforeseen will certainly make waves in the jazz world. NYC Unforeseen is really quite a fabulous debut from a very talented group of jazz musicians. Any way you slice it this is an excellent disc and one I highly recommend.

Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility

This is the kind of jazz that doesn’t have to grow on you; this is the kind of jazz that makes itself felt from the first time you hear it. There is plenty of jazz that forces itself on the listener, but not Wijnen. Wijnen’s is jazz you want to listen to.


In his debut as leader, Dutch pianist and composer Bob Wijnen proves that he knows how to write a good blowing tune. On each he plays with assurance and imagination.

DownBeat Magazine, May 2016

Wijnen eventually gets to shine, but not before drawing attention to one of his bandmates. Not many musicians would do such a thing at the outset of their first leader date, but Wijnen isn't most musicians. NYC Unforeseen is delivered with unforced confidence, reflecting, no doubt, the very nature of its creator. Albums like this are often overlooked, but they shouldn't be.

Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

The first record from Netherlands-born pianist Bob Wijnen is a very enjoyable affair. The opening, title track moves along at a cracking pace and a real sense of swing, each of the musicians setting out their wares.

Patrick Hadfield, London Jazz News

Bob Wijnen heeft een sensitieve touch en voorziet de high energy van zijn New Yorkse begeleiders van een warme romantische sfeer. Deze synthese werkt zeer goed. In een even- wichtige albumopbouw waarbij het ritmetandem ook alle ruimte krijgt, nemen de Nederlandse pianist en Amerikaanse gitarist de luisteraar mee in een modern Pan-Atlantisch jazzavontuur.

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Bob Wijnen, die bekend is als sideman, heeft met zijn eersteling als bandleider een aantrekkelijk visitekaartje afgeleverd. Dezron en Billy zetten Wijnen aan tot grootse prestaties.

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