JORIS TEEPE – “IN THE SPIRIT OF RASHIED ALI”
Album / book release Summer 2018;
Tour in Fall/Winter 2018/2019
In 1992 bassist Joris Teepe, at that time 29 years old, left his homeland – the Netherlands – to chase his dream, being a jazz musician in New York.
He moved into a $300-per-month room in Manhattan. The room was so small that in the daytime the double bass occupied his bed, so he would store it in the shower at night.
Joris took lessons with Ron Carter, and a year later he recorded his first CD with a band co-led by tenor saxophonist Don Braden.
The next 6 or 7 years he found himself working with ‘heavy cats’ such as Benny Golson, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker.
In the year 2000 he met with the legendary free jazz drummer Rashied Ali, and this triggered a major change in his vision on life and music. Ali is well known for his groundbreaking work with John Coltrane (their duo album Interstellar Space is considered a ‘Classic’).
Being a member of the Rashied Ali Quintet for 9 years was clearly a major influence on his playing and writing. He toured the world with this group which came to an ending on August 12, 2009 with the sudden death of Rashied Ali.
Teepe can be heard on three released Rashied Ali CD’s on his label Survival Records: “Judgement Day volume 1 & 2” and “Live in Europe”. In addition, Mr. Ali is a featured guest on the CD “We Take No Prisoners” (Challenge Records), by the Joris Teepe Big Band. After many years of playing together they became very close on a personal level and as a musical drums-bass unit. Rashied Ali was a father figure to Joris and their style as a rhythm section became unique.
Tracks on the album include an extensive Suite of 5 compositions by Rashied Ali, and compositions by Joris Teepe, Thelonious Monk, Frank Lowe (member of the Rashied Ali Quintet), Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman.
“In the Spirit of Rashied Ali” is not only an album but also a book, written by John Weijers – founder of ZenneZ Records.
In December 2017, John and Joris visited New York City and spoke to Rashied’s widow Patricia and his brother Muhamed. In addition they met with alto legend Sonny Fortune, and former band members like trumpeter Jumanee Smith and pianist Greg Murphy.
They all, in their own manner, reflected on Rashied Ali, the man and the musician who played an important role in their lives. Their stories are a relevant part of the Rashied Ali legacy that Joris Teepe is keeping alive and passing on with ihis forthcoming release “In the spirit of Rashied Ali”.
The physical album / book is to be released this Summer. A digital excerpt will be available already late Spring on major platforms.
Joris Teepe and his band will be touring Fall 2018/Winter 2019 to promote this release.