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Juvenile Fish Tales

by Barend Tromp

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Juvenile Fish Tales is the new album by the adventurous Dutch bass, guitar and sitar player Barend Tromp. It’s an instrumental concept album. Each of the eleven songs represents a different fish. As a child he got a book for his birthday about the underwater world that made a great impression on him. Fantasizing about each of the fish that he saw on the pictures. This is what inspired him to make this album.
It is hard to pigeonhole the music of this album. Elements of fusion, funk, world music, 70s prog and electronic music are combined in an original musical style.

Barend plays almost all instruments besides the drums himself on this album. Besides bass and guitar these also include more exotic instruments like sitar and fretless guitar. Barend’s bass hero and famous American bass player Michael Manring plays fretless bass on the song Golden Mahseer. Besides this there are four guest drummers and a flute player playing on this album. This makes it even more versatile than his 2021 album Six Against Four.


Barend started at an early age as a classical guitar player. Soon he also began playing bass and electric guitar in bands and making his own compositions. He graduated from his Conservatory studies in 1996 and finished his Musical Science at the University of Amsterdam three years later. His guitar playing had a big influence on his electric bass style. He plays chords, strumming, slapping and uses various finger styles. By combining all these techniques he creates an unique bass style. Besides normal 4-string bass and 6-string bass he also loves playing fretless bass. Adventurous players such as Stanley Clarke, John Giblin, Percy Jones, Michael Manring, Les Claypool and Tony Levin had an influence on his bass style.
Listening to old Ravi Shankar records from his grandfather made Barend decide to start playing sitar. It resulted in a long journey learning the instrument and Indian classical music. He also lived for six months in India where he had lessons every day. These six months were a real boost for his sitar playing. The last few years he has been incorporating Indian classical music into the repertoire of several fusion groups. Barend is also a long-time writer for the Dutch national printed bass magazine De Bassist.

We are super thrilled to have Barend's latest album come out and super excited to have Michael Manring too on this one as a guest, we hope you enjoy this album as much as we enjoyed making it !!!


released December 2, 2022

Barend Tromp - fretted and fretless basses, fretted and fretless guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, sitar and programming

Michael Manring - fretless bass and Ebow solo on 7
Patrick Eijdems - drums on 1 and 6
Nathan van de Wouw - drums on 4
Kim Weemhoff - drums on 5
Eugene Vugts - drums on 9
Peter Arts van der Zanden - flute on 5
Brenda Nijsen – Voice on 10

All songs composed and mixed by Barend Tromp
Mastered by Michael Valentine West

Graphic design by Icosa


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