Courtney Jones – 1956 – 2015

My dear friend, fellow Trini, ace tenor pan man, drummer, percussionist, father, husband, roots man, vibes man & dread Courtney Jones passed away to the spirit world on Friday 20 March 2015in Vienna, days before we were due to leave for Martinique to work with our new band Kumaka. What has this taught me? Well, life is like that, we must never forget how delicate and feather-light our lives are. We must be prepared. I took this photo of Courtney at the University of Vienna in 2010 where we were recording a (still unreleased) duet album. Peace go with him into that gone momentum. I will miss him terribly.


Here’s a brief introduction to my new project Kumaka. We will be playing our debut show as support to Archie Shepp at Festival Sons D’Hiver in Paris on Feb 6, bringing pure Caribbean vibrations. See you there!

Engines: New Album with Brzzvll out now














I met the Brzzvll in Antwerp, at one of Mourad Bekkour’s Nuff Said events where they are the house band. They are an incredible band who have worked together for many years, developing an almost telephatic interaction which is as soulful as it is technically brilliant. Is that Jazz? It is. About 18 months ago, after a few more collaborations, we went into their studio in Antwerp and recorded this album, in a one day improvisational session. You can hear this sense of freedom, this searching quality in the music, none of which had been written prior to the session. The poems were chosen on the spot, some improvised, some pulled together from disparate sources. They even got me to sing! I’m really proud of this album, my second of 2014! There is an honesty to it, some raw emotions in there, and the band swing very hard. I’m especially in love with ‘Liverpool Highlands’, a poem I wrote for my grandfather on his death, but which also addresses the resonance of slavery.

The album ‘Engines’ is out now, on vinyl, CD and download. You can listen to the whole album at

Here are a couple vids:

BRZZVLL feat. ANTHONY JOSEPH – MIND IS A JUNGLE from jochem baelus on Vimeo.

Liverpool Highlands – Brzzvll featuring Anthony Joseph from BRZZVLL on Vimeo.

New Video: ‘Mind is a Jungle’ Brzzvll fat. Anthony Joseph

Here’s the new video from my collaboration with Brzzvll. Some electro punk funk. Hope you enjoy it.

BRZZVLL feat. ANTHONY JOSEPH – MIND IS A JUNGLE from jochem baelus on Vimeo.

Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Engines’ by Brzzvll featuring Anthony Joseph, out soon on Vynilla and Zephyrus Records.
video by Jochem Baelus
camera/dop:Hadewych Cocquyt