Erik Vermeulen is mainly known as a sideman with various groups and a top-class pianist. After his Icarus Consort project ('Into Pieces ', 1997), he steps into the recording limelight with his piano trio with Sal La Rocca and Jan de Haas.
Vermeulen is a restless seeker, a perfectionist, a creative spirit who expresses his feelings in a highly personal vernacular. Apart from a few originals, he has opted for standards - four of them Monk's. Vermeulen has this gift for developing very fine lines and coming up with playful one-note phrases. His choice of chords and rhythms are highly inventive too, not to mention his truly appealing sonority.