The impulse to form the "Drummers Double Bill" emerged when Rob Verdurmen,
drummer for the Willem Breuker Kollektief since 1974, discovered how much
fun composing could be. Although he had written several pieces for the
Kollektief, that ensemble played works penned principally by Breuker
The first live concert took place on 31 December 2001 as part of the "Klap
op de Vuurpijl" festival in Amsterdam. A series of concerts followed in
2002 and 2003. In 2003 the CD
was released by BVHaast Records. In addition to a Dutch concert tour, 2004
also saw a ten day tour through China. In late 2005 and 2006 another
series of concerts culminated in the recent released Drummers Double Bill
CD 2 Texel.
"So then you have to create something yourself. No jazz quartet,
no piano. An ensemble with two drummers creates a variety of new
possibilities. Certainly if both drummers are writing the
compositions. Add a bass, a guitar and a four-piece horn section
to achieve the desired diversity in sound.
I wanted to create my own distinctive sound with the DDB."
"The drums don't dominate here. Arend is another sort of drummer. He's
more pop and I'm more jazz. You can certainly hear the difference in
sound. It's as if the drums have become another melody instrument, not
just accompanying, but making music without any frills."
"Our music is not purely jazz music. There are traces of pop, classical
and film music. But because of the way we interpret these influences, a
form is created that alludes to jazz."
- Rob Verdurmen