Easily tops my early list of favorite new releases of 2012. Manages to blend melancholy and party time into the same sound. Brilliant, fun, and thoughtful. Highly recommended.
With an energized mix of jazz, soul, rock & funk, Antwerp, Belgian bassist Piet Verbist's Zygomatik takes the classic, mostly acoustic jazz quartet instrumentation to new places on the band's debut recording. The core trio of Verbist, drummer Herman Pardon, and Bram Weijters on Fender Rhodes, is joined by three saxophonists - Matt Renzi and Fred Delplancq on tenor, Vincent Brijs on baritone- as they slip and slide through a set of eight joyous originals. A Staple on the European jazz circuit for many years, Verbist's deep sense of groove, time, and harmonic interest have made him a favorite of touring international artists and the many Belgian groups he's toured the world with over the last 20 years.
The name Zygomatik is derived from Latin: Zygomaticus Major and Zygomaticus Minor. These refer to muscles in the human face that are responsible for facial expression. In French, "zygomatique" is used in everyday language to refer to smiling and/or laughing.
1. PMS Alert! (Piet's Manic Scream Alert!)
2. La Filosofia Del Jamon
3. Above & Beyond
4. The Pale Blue Dot
6. Cut the Crab
7. Rush ed-Dunya (Le Sens Universel)
8. Zygomaticus Major
Produced by Piet Verbist for Contour vzw
Recorded by Herwig Scheck
4/22/10 & 11/13/10 at Giraf Studio, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium and 1Dmix studio, Schoten, Belgium
Mixed by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Dan Dean, at DDP, Mercer Island, WA
Cover design & photos by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Staff)
About the album/track: With an energized mix of jazz, soul, rock & funk, Antwerp, Belgian bassist Piet Verbist's Zygomatik takes the classic, mostly acoustic jazz quartet instrumentation to new places on the band's debut recording. The core trio of Verbist, drummer Herman Pardon, and Bram Weijters on Fender Rhodes, is joined by three saxophonist ...
The Jazz Word (John Barron)
From the opening notes of the rocked-up opener "PMS Alert!," Zygomatik is unquestionably a bass player-led recording. The heavy grooves of Piet Verbist's upright set the pace for much of this disc steeped in odd-metered funk with soulful harmonic hooks. The Belgian bassist/composer conjures up a vibe reminiscent of the early fusion-era at its be ...
All About Jazz (Dave Sumner)
Zygomatik has the fiery groove of classic hard bop, but it's not that simple. There is a rock attitude to this album, and it's got a Motown sway. This is the kind of album that can be pointed to as a celebration of jazz and an album that will be liked by people for whom jazz really ain't their thing. It's an album with complex elements and modu ...
Focus Knack (Belgium) (Frederik Goossens)
Het grote publiek leerde Piet Verbist kennen als de bassist van het Jef Neve Trio, maar de man is net zo goed gewonnen voor rock, soul en wereldmuziek. Alles komt samen in deze eerste plaat onder eigen naam. De hoogdagen van de fusion zijn hier nooit ver weg. Inde opener PMS Alert! loert zowaar Miles Davis? In A Silent Way even om de hoek in de ...
Goddeau (Belgium) (Guy Peters)
Jazzbassisten, daarvan beweert men wel eens dat het droogstoppels zijn die niet liever doen dan spelen in dienst van? en verder vooral met rust gelaten willen worden. Een beeld dat blijft leven en niet snel ontkracht zal worden (laten we Mingus? XL-persoonlijkheid dan even negeren), al laat verder onderzoek horen dat er een heus leger flamboyante j ...
JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
Veteran Belgian bassist-composer Piet Verbist expertly blends bop, rock and funk feels on his debut as a leader. With huge upright tone, he lays down a heavy groove on the imposing opener, "PMS Alert," underscored by drummer Herman Pardon's muscular backbeat and Bram Weijter's slightly distorted Fender Rhodes. Tenor saxophonist Matt Renzi and b ...
emusic Review (Dave Sumner)
An album that has all types of swagger and sway. Bassist Verbist creates a groove that is all about Serious Cool, yet undeniably thoughtful and even cerebral at times. Bram Weijters on the keys, which is a big bonus from a sideman standpoint. One of those albums that can appeal to modern jazz enthusiasts and old school jazz fans alike. Non-jazz ref ...
Jazzflits- Netherlands (Tom Beetz)
*translated from Dutch The zygomaticus major is the large zygomatic muscle that runs to the mouth corners making it possible to smile. It is also the title of the last song on 'Zygomatik,' the newest CD from bass player Piet Verbist. Of laughter is indeed no question when listening to this, there is this too seriously. Verbist is one of the l ...
Cadence (Dustin Mallory)
Referring to either the muscle of facial expression or the paired cheekbone, this Zygomatik seeks to express a full range of emotional nuance. Verbist, the creative force behind this recording, displays his compositional abilities as well as his strength as a performer. His virtuosic technique on ?The Pale Blue Dot? (which also alludes to the swing ...