The group carefully avoids the beaten track and in-your-face grandeur: no overly familiar standards here, no showing-off of virtuoso talent, but intelligent, own compositions by the various group members instead, with the odd detour to popular tunes or pop ballads. Their music occasionally reminds us of Charlie Haden’s romanticism, Bill Frisell’s Americana, Paul Motian’s versatility and subtleness, and even sports the odd touch of groovy funk. Since playing at the Bamako Jazz Festival in Mali, their repertoire now also incorporates a number of African elements.
Nicolas Thys, a well-established name in our national jazz landscape plays the double bass, while promising young talent Nicolas Kummert covers the saxophone side of things (both musicians also play in Jef Neve’s Groove Thing, among others). Two highly promising guitarists, Frederic Leroux en Geert Hellings, complete the Yves Peeters Group.