Electronic Jazz that Rocks!
Ugly White Belly was formed in 1992 by saxophonist Rolf Delfos and pianist Erwin Hoorweg. They were looking to expand their musical horizon by mixing jazz and pop. And boy did they succeed in an electronic Jazz sound that Rocks, and Rocks.
Not soon after they added bass player Boudewijn Lucas and guitarist Tjeerd van Zanen making it the right mix of musicians for this journey. After auditioning multiple drummers, Sjoerd van Bommel joined forces. And UWB took off.
UWB went on tour and produced two great albums. The group barely changed over the years:
|Alto Sax:||Rolf Delfos|
|Drums (1995-1997):||Chris Strik|
|Drums (1991-1995):||Sjoerd van Bommel|
|Guitar:||Tjeerd van Zanen|
The collaboration of the band resulted in “South of No North”, Ugly White Belly’s first album.
This album secured their place in the Dutch nouveau jazz scene and resulted in concerts and radio performances throughout Holland. In 1995 Sjoerd van Bommel left the band and was replaced by Chris Strik, an up and coming jazz fusion drummer.
With Chris they recorded their second album ”Binc”. Which resulted in extensive touring.
Although the band ended in 1997, they’ve left a mark on the “electronic jazz/pop landscape in the Netherlands. All the members of Ugly White Belly are still active in the Dutch music scene. Both “South of No North” & “Binc” can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer and other digital platforms.
Have a listen and enjoy!