LABEL: Jazztribes, Netherlands
Format: CD ／ ZR1804005
ARTIST: Joris Teepe
TITLE: In the Spirit of Rashied Ali
John Betsch (drums)
Freddie Bryant (guitar)
Wayne Escoffery (tenor sax on 3,5,7)
Johannes Enders (tenor sax)
Michael Moore (alto sax on 5)
Joris Teepe (double bass)
Recorded at Prins Claus Conservatory studio, Groningen (NL)
Recording and mixing engineer: Klaas Pot
Mastered by Alex Geurink at StudioWest, Hoogland (NL)
Jazztribes is an independent record label with roots in New York and Rotterdam, two cities that share a long history due to the Holland America Line.
Jazztribes is an initiative of John Weijers, founder of the Dutch jazz label ZenneZ Records, due to his relationship with Joris Teepe, who moved from The Netherlands to New York in 1992. Joris has been working with the ‘who-is-who in Jazz’, such as Benny Golson, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker. And ‘younger cats’ like Don Braden, Seamus Blake, Donny McCaslin and Chris Potter.
Bassist/composer Joris Teepe played with the Rashied Ali Quintet for 9 years. ‘In the Spirit of Rashied Ali’ is his homage to the late drummer, best known for his work with John Coltrane. Their duo album ‘Interstellar Space’ is considered a free jazz masterpiece.
Joris Teepe invited John Betsch, Wayne Escoffery, Freddie Bryant, Michael Moore and Johannes Enders for this production. It comes with a 60 pages book, telling the remarkable story of the musical adventures and unique friendship between Joris Teepe and Rashied Ali.
“In the Spirit of Rashied Ali reminds me of those incredible jazz albums of the ’50s and ’60s, and how the back was covered with as much text as possible to explain the frontier lines that were being crossed. Joris Teepe and writer John Weijers have created something unusual in the world of free jazz–a deeper understanding that is revealed when you read the book while listening to the album.” Marc Philips – The Vinyl Anachronist
“Joris Teepe’s book and CD album, In The Spirit of Rashied Ali, is a wonderful tribute to an inspirational musician. The CD-size book is produced to the highest standard and contains several enlightening interviews that encourage a deep appreciation of the music. The CD with outstanding sound and engineering completes a very desirable package which is bound to become a collectors’ item.” Bob Weir – Jazz journalist