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Piet Verbist

PIET VERBIST

Double Bass

Born in Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium, Piet studied solfege and 4 years classical double bass at the Academy of Ekeren and Turnhout. He also took lessons with John Clayton, Hein Van De Geijn, Ricardo Del Fra and studied at the Antwerp Jazz-Studio where Dave Pike, Dennis Luxion and Hein Van De Geyn were his teachers.

In 1994 he finished his studies at the Brussels Conservatory (Jazz department), and in 1995 he takes lessons with Dave Holland.

Piet is a highly demanded musician and played with the entire Belgian scene and many musicians touring around Belgium: Eric Legnini, Jacques Pelzer, Phil Abraham, Nathalie Loriers, Erwin Vann, Richard Rousselet, Stefaan Debevere, Michel Herr, Kris Defoort, Jack Van Poll, Erik Vermeulen, Frank Vaganee, Dre Pallemaerts, Ben Sluys, Kurt Van Herck, Jan de Haas, Luk Mishalle, Dirk Wachtelaer, Koen De Cauter, Dirk Vanderlinden, Jeff Gardner, Charles Loos, Matt Renzi, Jasper Blom, Edouard Ferlet, Phillipe Thomas, Mark Turner, Rob Van Kreefeld, the band Octurn, Toots Thielemans, Paolo Fresu, Bert Joris, Geoffrey Burton, Carmelo Muriel, Nono Garcia, Chad McCullough, John Bishop, Piotr Wojtasik, etc. He toured for 8 years with the Jef Neve trio around Europe as well as to Japan, China and Canada.

At the moment he’s active with François Descamps Quartet, JDH (Jan de Haas) Band, Cezarius Gadzina Saxafabra, Michel Paré quartet, Ancesthree (Ben Sluys/Hendrik Braeckman), Vanishing Pictures, Carmelo Muriel, The Jazz Station Big Band…

Piet leads his own band: “Zygomatik” with Herman Pardon (drums), Bram Weyters (piano) and different saxofonists Vincent Brijs, Fred Delplanq and/or Matt Renzi (USA). In this project jazz is mixed with rock, soul and funk. A first CD is released on Origin Records (Seattle, USA).

Piet is teaching at the Conservatory and at the Art Highschool of Antwerp.

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Album Review

John Bishop / Bram Weijters / Piet Verbist: Antwerp

Read "Antwerp" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Drummer John Bishop, the guy who runs Seattle's Origin Records, does not often put out records under his own name. There was Nothing If Not Something (Origin Records) in 2005, review here, and then nothing until the disc at hand, 2023's Antwerp. Not that Bishop has avoided the recording studio. He is, as a sideman, in fact quite prolific, sitting in on Hal Galper's string of rubato-style piano trio sets--one example: Trip the Light Fantastic (Origin Records, 2011), review here, ...

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Piet Verbist: Secret Exit to Another Dimension

Read "Secret Exit to Another Dimension" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In spite of its rather intriguing title (and those of several of its selections), Secret Exit to Another Dimension, by Belgian bassist Piet Verbist's well-schooled trio, consists for the most part of the sort of gentle, heartwarming jazz one might hear on a given evening in any number of upscale nightspots around the world. In fact, if guitarist Hendrik Braeckman were to be replaced by pianist Tamir Hendelman, Verbist's threesome might sound remarkably akin to the superlative Jeff Hamilton Trio, ...

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Piet Verbist: Secret Exit to Another Dimension

Read "Secret Exit to Another Dimension" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Belgian bassist Piet Verbist has featured saxophonists on each of his previous Origin Records albums—bass, drums and a horn or two seems to be his way of working. With Secret Exit To Another Dimension, his fifth Origin outing, he pares things down to the trio format, creating a distinctive guitar/bass/drums sound that has a strikingly modern feel. It has become cliche to say—especially when speaking of trio of bass and drums with a piano or guitar—that the group ...

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Piet Verbist: Zygomatik

Read "Piet Verbist: Zygomatik" reviewed by Dave Sumner


Piet VerbistZygomatikOrigin Records2012Zygomatik has the fiery groove of classic hard bop, but it's not that simple. There is a rock attitude to this album, and it's got a Motown sway. This is the kind of album that can be pointed to as a celebration of jazz and an album that will be liked by people for whom jazz really ain't their thing. It's an album with complex elements and modulating sounds, but ...

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Antwerp

Origin Records
2023

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Secret Exit to...

Origin Records
2022

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Suite Reunion

Origin Records
2018

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Piet Verbist...

Origin Records
2014

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Piet Verbist:...

Origin Records
2012

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Primal Existence

Origin Records
0

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Rücksichtslos

From: Antwerp
By Piet Verbist

The Other Side

From: Secret Exit to Another Dimension
By Piet Verbist

Suite Reunion

From: Suite Reunion
By Piet Verbist

Triads

From: Primal Existence
By Piet Verbist

PMS Alert! (Piet's Manic Scream Alert!)

From: Zygomatik
By Piet Verbist

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