Until recently, pianist Bas Bulteel was mainly associated with pure jazz. With Wasdaman, he expresses himself from a completely different angle: this music stands in the middle of burly, progressive rock and crackling contemporary jazz and is interspersed with influences from the world of electronics. The sound of Wasdaman is energetic, rhythmic and with a clear wink to the work of Frank Zappa, King Crimson and the electric period of Miles Davis.
In Wasdaman Bulteel surrounds himself with remarkable musicians. With Frank Debruyne he hoisted a true all-rounder on board who puts a huge drive in music on baritone sax. Guitarist Bart Vervaeck, bass player Joshua Dellaert and drummer Jonathan Callens are young people for whom jazz, rock and countless other genres can mix smoothly, which they have already shown in bands such as Compro Oro, Skordatura, Molten Penguin and Altertape. The result is a colorful, sometimes explosive cocktail that will convince both rock and jazz lovers.
On this debut album, which is only available on vinyl, you will hear one long suite that Bas composed as the result of a composition assignment made possible by Belgian based arts centre KAAP.
released October 4, 2019
Bas Bulteel: Fender Rhoodes, synths & composition
Frank Debruyne: saxophones & composition
Bart Vervaeck: guitar
Joshua Dellaert: bass
Jonathan Callens: drums
Recorded, produced and mixed by Koen Gisen at Studio La Patrie, Belgium 2018.
Mastered by Karel De Backer, 2019.
Artwork by Sammy Slabbinck.