OVER MIJ

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Born and raised in Brussels,Belgium in a musical family, lived in Amsterdam for about 6 years, in NYC between 1999 and 2007. Currently a resident of Brussels.
Play mainly electric and acoustic bass(jazz,soul and groove stuff)
I’m an ecletic musician,I enjoy doing various things.But at the root of it, the essence of it, it is blues that I relate to the most.
From Mal Waldron to zap mama, Lee Konitz to brazilian girls,Bill Carrothers to mark Turner.... from japan to africa,the concertgebouw in amsterdam to nublu,village vanguard in NYC

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I'm now the proud father of 2 beautiful little girls named Eva Rose and Elisheba ,and that's the ultimate high..period.It just brought my music and my spirituality to a whole different level, life(and therefore, music) is more intense.
More life...more music

---------------------------SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ARE--------------------------

My family, my wife, my daughters,God,our planet,food,monty python,steve mc Queen,nice watches, doing sport,hanging out with friends, playing music,walking in the rain,laying in the sun,practicing the bass( it cleanses my soul) reasoning with spiritual people(N.B.people who have spirit....funny people),play Bach on my basses,going new places,Ghandi,bruce Lee,swim in the sea,shaolin kung fu,photography,art,paintings,triumph motorcycles,vintage fender basses,good books,work out,Shopping( yes, really..)see friends feeling better than last year,people smiling in the train,people that give me hope,Borat,courteous people,woody Allen,incense,good movies,nice clothes,hanging out home with my wife and my daughter for 4 day straight in between jobs,seeing people connect regardless of their age,race,colour or religion,being silly,getting a big check,make people laugh,locking it down with a drummer(nothing like it),playing with a great female singer(nothing like that either)…

-------------------------------------MOVIES I enjoyed recently---------------------------------

Failsafe-arlington road-defiance-apocalypto-the big lebowsky-team America-reservation road-O brother, whre art thou?-black death-dead man walking-HBO serie “the wire”-glory-name of the rose-“treme”-crash
I love movies,I could update this section twice a week.

----A FEW SELECTED RECORDINGS THAT HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON ME----

Chris Withley “dirt floor”
Curtis Mayfield”there’s no place like America today”
Al Jarreau “Jarreau”
Marvin Gaye “here my dear’  “What’s going on?” “I want you”
Prince “dirty mind”
Miles Davis “kind of blue” ”water babies” ”we want Miles””ascensseur pour l’échafaud”
D’Angelo “brown sugar”
Shirley Horn “here is to life”
Wayne Shorter “native dancer” “high life”
Anita Baker “rapture”
Al Green “greatest hits”
Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello “painted from memory”
Hank Jones ‘Here is love”
Hank Jones/ Abbey Lincoln “where is the love”
Dino Lupatti plays J.S. Bach
John Scofield “grace under pressure” “still warm”
Paul Motian “ on broadway vol 1,2 3
Joe Lovano “sounds of joy”
Michael Mc Donald “that’s what it takes”
Michael Jackson ”Off the wall” “ Thriller”
Me Shell N’Degeocello “plantation lullabies” “ peace beyond passion” ”bitter”
Nick Drake “pink moon”
Dwele - all of them
DJ Jazzy Jeff “the magnificent”
J Dilla “Shining”
Neil Yound “harvest”
Monserrat Figueras; Jordi Savall: Hespèrion XXI
La fabulosa gitarra de Paco De Lucia
Skip James “The devil got my woman”
David Bowie “heroes”
Peter Gabriel first 3 albums
Common “like water for chocolate”
David Sanborn straight to the heart

----------------------SONGS THAT MAKE MY HEART MELT-------------------------------

“here but I’m gone”Curtis Mayfield
“monasterio del sal” Paco de Lucia/Carlos Benavent
“picture in a frame” Tom Waits
“brazilian wedding”Pedro Aznar
“dead man walking” Bruce Spingsteen
“I cant help it”Stevie Wonder ( Michael Jackson)
“Vietnam warsong” Bill Withers
“brazilian rhym”Earth,wind& fire
“sweet soul”Peter Erskine
“the lady in my life”Michael Jackson
“whats happening brother” Marvin Gaye
“here comes the sun” George Harrisson
“last train home”Pat Metheny
“I love you more than you’ll ever know” Donny Hattaway
“While you see a chance” Stevie Winwood
“Thank you” Gentle Giant
“Syracuse” Henry Salvador
“Blackbird”Lennon/Mc Cartney(by Paul or Carly Simon)
“I love you still” Chaka Khan
“someday I’ll fly away” “endlessly” Randy Crawford
“solsbury hill” Peter Gabriel
“prysm” Keith Jarrett
“melancholia”Duke Ellington

-------------------------------------SOME THOUGHTS--------------------------------------

I realize more everyday how much I’m constantly being influenced by people,events,music and little everyday things of life.
Signs are there for us, at every moment of our life,every day.
Most of the time, we’re too caught up to read them.
Good musicians are good listeners,good observers, they’re good at reading the signs.
Every sign is a small miracle.
Experiences. I gathered them for as long as I have been here. Sometimes,just like a ghost from the past,they come from deep within my soul and,through my fingertips, flow out of me without having any conscious control over it.
Everything is a source of inspiration
Music is where you find it

“the revolution wont de televised” Gil Scott Heron

--------------------------------INFLUENCES(SOME OF THEM)----------------------------

Gospel music,music from the soul(the only real one), the beatles,charles mingus,
john coltrane,stevie wonder,elvis costello,ray charles,earth wind and fire,
the 3 B's(Brams,Beethoven,Bach),robert johnson,darryl jones,burt bacharach,
chris withley,marcus miller,miles davis,spirituals,abe laboriel,mose allison,
randy newman,d'angelo,curtis mayfield,genesis,mozart,music from zaire,
central africa,shuggie otis,me'shell n'degeocello,michael jackson,stevie winwood,
duke ellington,madness,kassav,bill evans,james brown,keith jarrett,marvin gaye,
nat king cole,walt disney,Pixar movies, wayne shorter,the gap band,ornette coleman,
eighties funk /r'n'b,milton nascimento,level 42,paco de lucia/carlos benavent,
bill carrothers,J.DEE.,sufi music,dave holland,all the musicians i played with,
my father,my mother,the friends i grew up with musically,my wife,s my daughters,
my familly,charlie haden,the Paul's(chambers,mc cartney,jackson),
hall and oats,priiiiiiince,jimmy blanton,the funk brothers/james jamerson,bird,
hank jones,and his brothers too,augustus pablo, bob marley,
toots thielemans,silence,wind,kool &the gang,laughter,jocelyn brown,
louis johnson,abbey lincoln,shirley horn,monk,weather report,
bill withers,supertramp,chet baker,hair(the musical),take 6,
grand master flash and the furious five,heavy D & public enemy,common,al green,
trojan records,stax,impulse,”despicable me” soundtrack,”
brokeback mountain” soundtrack,”Treme”HBO serie,
deep purple,david bowie,maze,jaco,beethoven,timbaland/missy,pablo cassals,django,
snoop dog,Dr Dré,notorious B.I.G.,Dwele,Billy Strayhorn,Bud Powell,Oscar Pettiford,
skip james,gnawa music,brazilian music,indian classical music,arab music,
ibrahim ferrer,blues brothers(1),the clash,elton john,sonny Rollins,Larry Grenadier,Q tip,
Ben Street,eighties/nieneties hip hop,Rufus Wainwright,Elton John,Gil Scott Heron,
My friends( Homies) Otti,Dré,stéph Galland,Kurt,Gorka,KDefoort,Jeroen,Bart,Ewout,Tutu.
Many people I played with/heard in NYC during my stay left a deep and permanent print on my soul.
And you know what? Most probably you too(seriously J )--------- this is fun ,i could go on forever......