Dutch bassplayer Frans Vollink's interest in music came relatively late at age 16. When a friend played Jaco Pastorius for him he got hooked to the electric bass. When Frans teams up with Dutch jazz/fusion drummer Sebastiaan Cornelissen in 2003 the chemistry is instant and in the same year they started working on their debut album together. Together with the help of musicians Richard Hallebeek (gt, NL), Rob van Bavel (pn, NL), Randy Brecker (trumpet, USA), Gerard Presencer (trumpet, UK), Martin Verdonk (perc, NL), Lalle Larsson (keys, Sweden) and Susan Weinert (gt, Germany) they release their first album “Frans Vollink & Sebastiaan Cornelissen – One Spirit” in 2006. The album is very well received in the jazz/fusion scene and gets rave reviews around the world. It also puts Frans on the map as a composer, with 7 of the 11 compositions written by him.
Many club and festival concerts follow, on wich Sebastiaan and Frans team up with some of the best known jazz/fusion musicians in the world like Lalle Larsson, Gary Husband, Eef Albers, Richard Hallebeek, Marc Guillermont, Gerard Presencer as well as a trio tour in 2006 with USA guitarplayer Wayne Johnson (Manhattan Transfer).
Soon after the release of “One Spirit” Flying Dutchman guitarplayer Richard Hallebeek was added as a permanent member of what was now the trio “One Spirit”, named after the first release. As one of the few flame keepers of progressive jazz/fusion with a clear melodic song structure, the three of them started working on the second “One Spirit” album, “Go For It”. This time produced, mixed and mastered in Frans’ own brandnew “Info Music Studio” in Emmen. The new album has just been released.
Endorser of Aguilar Amplification with kind support of "Paul's Bassmatters" Nijmegen Holland; and Otentic Guitars Gorinchem Holland.
Visit www.fransvollink.com for a collection of rare Jaco Pastorius transcriptions!