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The best kept secret in music


"In the groove (Monday, August 04, 2008)"

HOMEGROWN jazz band BassGroove 100 is barely a year old but it’s already making waves in the region.
With its stylised blend of fusion and ethnic jazz infused with funk, the quintet has been rocking the Indonesian shores, earning an impressive fan base.

But BassGroove 100 comprising Albert Yap (on bass guitar), Eddie Kismilardy (saxophone), Ihzwan Omar (guitar), Leonard Yap (piano) and Shamsul Kamal (drums) is almost unheard of locally.

“We’re more well known in Indonesia. Perhaps it is because the jazz scene is more alive there,” band leader Yap says.

“It’s aggressive and dynamic. The scene here is more subdued,” offers bandmate Kismilardy.

Grateful as it is for the support from Indonesia, BassGroove 100 hopes to make a bigger impact closer to home. Its debut performance at the Sunrise Jazz and Rythmn Festival last week at Plaza Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur was the first step.

“This is our first time playing at a local jazz festival. The vibe is good,” says Yap.

The bespectacled Yap cuts an unlikely figure of a musician. He is, in fact, an economist by training but decided to heed his heart’s calling to be a musician two decades ago.

“After I finished my studies in San Francisco in 1986, I returned and the music in me was too strong too ignore,” Yap recalls.

It was not an easy path as the classical guitarist had to perform Canto-pop songs in nightclubs as he learnt the ropes of the industry.

He was also band-hopping until he formed a group, Eye2Eye Jazz Nix, in 1998. The group eventually disbanded late last year.

“Everyone had their own individual projects. I didn’t want to disrupt their progress so we decided to disband,” says the 44-year-old Yap.

It was then that he and Eye2Eye bandmate Kismilardy met fellow musicians Ihzwan, Yap and Shamsul. They became BassGroove 100. The wide age gap — the youngest is 27 and the oldest is 50 years old — is no hindrance.

“We just gelled. It was natural and spontaneous,” says Kismilardy of the band’s chemistry.

The quintet hopes that its explosive chemistry will be translated into its self-produced debut album. Recording starts this month with guest performances by prominent musicians such as Harry Toledo and Nial Tjuliardso of Indonesia.

“We can’t wait to get into the studios. This will be our first album. It will go well. It’s the right time,” says Yap.
- The New Straits Times Magazine


Recording debut album in September 2008



The music of BassGroove100 is a blend of fusion & ethnic jazz, infused with funk.

The forte of the quintet is the composing skills of each musician. The group can boast of doing performances solely on their original music.

The project of BassGroove100 is to record & perform its unique blend of original music. We just love to experiment a lot. Some compositions may not be radio friendly, but it’s a passion towards constructive musical creativity, thus blending together the experience and musical influence of each individual.

Our music influence are 70's & 80's retro, Earth Wind & Fire, Chick Corea, GRP recordings, Michael Brecker, Tower Of Power, Michael Landau, Lee Ritenour, Toto