For this new trio, double bassist Piet Verbist invited fellow players Hendrik Braeckman and Lionel Beuvens, who were already familiar to him. They each deliver original compositions, supplemented with 'Cheryl' by Charlie Parker and 'Pannonica' by Monk.
'Secret Exit To Another Dimension' refers to Verbist's state of mind to find a way out and he wants to express this in this music, in which the image was inspired by street art in Molenbeek by Antoine Caramalli. In his own work he evokes personal memories of his parents ("A Noble Trice") and his son ("Minikin Milan"), written when he was three years old, now an emerging piano talent. In 'The Other Side' and 'In Peace With Gravity' Verbist further shows his characteristic groovy side.
'Secret Exit' by Verbist is unruly and throws all the brakes off to create an explosive musical cocktail. Just like the transition to the other dimension as Murakami aptly describes in his novels. Breackman is responsible for the swinging, exciting and very beautiful interactive 'Map Map' and 'Ji Ha', dedicated to Jim Hall, that gives room to each of the musicians to find their own musical way to express and add their own dimension.
Lionel Beuvens introduces 'Bridge House' with an alternately brilliant soloing by Braeckman and Verbist, while Beuvens adds subtle colours.
With 'Pannonica' and 'Minkin Milan', the trio creates a more introverted atmosphere that radiates tranquility amidst the rather restless changing moods.
'Secret Exit To Another Dimension' is a hearty chunk of double bass, guitar and drums full of swirling contrasts of passion and fire.