Dutch bassist Joris Teepe has lived in New York for the past 20 years, making a name for himself with everyone from Benny Golson
to the late Rashied Ali
. Recently, Teepe was commissioned to write music for both an orchestra and a big band in Europe. Those two experiences were so positive that he decided to start a big band in New York, and the result is the CD We Take No Prisoners
(Challenge Records/Twinz Records, 2009). In this interview, conducted in Teepe's back yard in Englewood, NJ, Teepe talks about how Don Braden
helped him learn to arrange for large ensembles; how he approaches the bass in the very different bands of Golson and Ali; and why he decided two decades ago to follow the New York sound across the water.