...Verbist creates a groove that is all about Serious Cool, yet undeniably thoughtful and even cerebral...
A presence on the European jazz scene for 25 years, Belgian bassist Piet Verbist is best known for his decade of touring with Universal Records' Jef Neve Trio, with the expansive list of artists he performs with yearly, or releases and tours by his own groups - the modern, electric Zygomatik and the collective, Mamutrio. Having many compositions that fell outside the needs of those groups, Verbist formed his acoustic quartet for exploring wider musical concepts with a lot of space for dynamic improvisation. "Suite Réunion" is also a celebration of old friends, as the acclaimed drummer Dré Pallemaerts and Verbist's musical collaborations go back to their early teens. Along with pianist Bram Weijters and saxophonist Bart Borremans, "Suite Réunion" is an intimate look into this special player's musical world.
1. Mygratum 1:55
2. Asylum 11:11
3. Bright Minor 5:31
4. Suite Réunion 11:48
5. Hope In Despair 6:08
6. The Beauty In The Beast 7:30
7. Devious Ways 11:29
8. Blues Excuse 5:56
All compositions by Piet Verbist
Produced by Piet Verbist for Contour vzw
Recorded by Pierre Dozin at Ace Studio, Aartselaar, Belgium
on February 13 & 14, 2018
Mixed by Pierre Dozin at Studio Ubik, Brussels, Belgium
Mastered by Brian Schwab at Schwab Mastering, Chicago, IL
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Originally formed as an outlet for the things he was writing that didn't fit into the various formats for all the other groups he was working with contemporaneously, this nu ECM cool school instrumental set lights the way to the creative future for musos unafraid to take chances in that distinct Euro way, not a surprise since Verbist is from Belgiu ...