|Guitar players... I love them. I always did. Being a teenager playing the violin and the repertoire that went with it, I found my own connection to music with the guitar playing along with anything at the end of the sixties. After, in my twenties, through a fast growing fascination with Jazz I had changed to the double bass, there was still always some kind of acoustic guitar in my house.
When I moved to the U.S.A. in the early eighties, I met John Abercrombie, who asked me to join a group he was playing in. It was here I felt for the first time the freedom that playing with a guitarist, and what a guitarist, gave to the bass. There were just less notes, less bass notes, less fixed harmony than with the piano. Playing with a guitar was so much more horizontal, and the blend of the two instruments was so attractive to my ear.
In 1994 I decided to create my own group. I had written many tunes over the years, and felt a need to express myself as a band leader, playing my music, having the bass, that beautiful expressive instrument, stand more in the front. I decided to rekindle the connection with John Abercrombie and asked drummer Joe LaBarbera to join the trio. Baseline was born, but in this shape proved to be too difficult to maintain. When I met Ed Verhoeff and Hans van Oosterhout a new Baseline was created. And then there was the idea to invite John Abercrombie as a guest. Two guitars, what a dream. I wrote some new tunes, found a few older ones and we were off. After doing a few concerts we went into the studio. It was so much fun. John and Ed: creating this "sound", playing off each other; so different, yet so compatible. The music worked, people loved it. Hans was connecting it all and I was the smiling bassist in the middle.
(adapted from the liner notes by Hein van de Geyn)