FOUR WINDS stemmed from my wish to enrich my musical world with those of musicians from four physical, spiritual and musical points of the compass. I was seeking for a sequel to a previous project that I produced and played on with musicians from Bamako, capital of Mali in West Africa. The project led to the cd ‘Djigui: Les Sofas de Bamako featuring Dick de Graaf saxophone ténor’. Even though the recording was very exciting and inspiring, I had no choice but to adjust to the musical concept of my West-African friends. The challenge of this album was to steer musicians from all the quarters of the world into a real musical encounter in which my compositions are the starting points for improvisations that value the musical traditions the band members grew up with.