Raymond is a self-taught bass player born in Guadeloupe (French West Indies).
He began playing guitar at the age of seven after his brother Philippe
introduced him to the instrument. After his introduction to the guitar,
he chose the bass and taught himself. Since this first exposure, he has
discovered the beauty of music and art as an expression of a free human
being. He began his career as a musician at the age of sixteen debuting
on guitar. Raymond plays a variety of bass instruments, basses with 4, 5
or six strings, and sometimes double bass. From 1978 to 1986, Raymond
performed in venues in Paris and accompanied several groups recording
CD's. In 1982, "he participated in the creation of the Caribbean Jazz
Ensemble," which toured numerous Paris's venues and released their first
album "His head sank" (1983). Raymond was immersed in the Caribbean
music scene in Paris from 1984 to 1986, and then he returned to Guadeloupe,
his primary musical base. After his return, he accompanied and toured
with a number of musicians.
Raymond on Bandcamp
In 1986, Raymond returned permanently to Guadeloupe at the Festag at
Pointe-à-Pitre. It is often asked for recordings of zouk or gwo-ka.
At that time, it also has the opportunity to play with Andre Condouant.
In 1987, he accompanied Didier Lockwood during a tour in Guadeloupe
and Martinique. In 1989, he played in Mozayik, then; with the Caribbean
Jazz Ensemble, he participated in the recording of "Blue Morning." The
following year, his participation in various festivals are multiplying:
Jazz Festival Paris and Freiburg Jazzhauss in West Germany in 1990, Jazz
Festival Pointe-à-Pitre in December 1990. In 1992 appeared a new work by
Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, "Inheritance," in which its influence is decisive.
In 1994, Raymond recorded his first solo album "Jacques Joab." In 1997, he
and his brother Philip, released "Brothers of Huy" and "Zapping." From the
release of these CD's, Raymond worked on a number of local music projects.
In 2004, he joined with Norman Deveault on piano, and Fred "Junior" Despan
on percussion to become "3D," a trio, which played a blend of Caribbean
and Latin Jazz.
In 2007 Rayond released an album entitled "MesTissages" (Interbreeding),
which is a mix of "different rhythms such as Biguine, Mazurka, Gwo Ka
sounds, Latin-Jazz and much more". Recorded with long-time friends,
"MesTissages" is a subtle "musical rainbow, a texture of different
influences blend together in one great mix".
In 2009, Raymond, with his brother Philippe d'Huy, pianists Jean-Michel
and Michel Lesdel Mado and drummer Raymond Grego opened for SMV
(Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten) at Abymes. Raymond,
Jean-Michel and Raymond Lesdel Grego then formed the trio, "Alchimik's",
and released a self-titled album. The group was well received in the
Caribbean and also on Martinique. In 2012, Raymond released, "Bikabass".
The bass centric CD, which features a compilation of music performed during
Raymond's career, from the Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, through his
performances with groups and trios.
Raymond can be heard performing at venues on Guadalope.
FRENCH BIO: (excerpt)
Raymond d'Huy - basse
"Musicien et auteur-compositeur,
né à Pointe-à-Pitre en 1962, Raymond d’Huy est d’abord initié à la guitare par son
frère Philippe dès l’age de sept ans et n’opte définitivement pour la basse –
qu’il apprend en autodidacte – qu’à l’âge de seize ans, époque à laquelle
il devient déjà professionnel. Marqué par ses débuts à la guitare, Raymond d’Huy varie les
plaisirs en jouant de différentes guitares basses de 4, 5 ou 6 cordes, et parfois de la contrebasse."
"Last delivery in 2011, a very good year. Three albums of Caribbean jazz,
recently published, well worth for a return on the musical end of 2011 as
they must on no account be missed. Again it is the diversity, following the
cultural richness of the West Indies, which strikes the listener. Judge for
yourself: bassist Raymond d'Huy offers "Bikabass" probably the most "French
Caribbean jazz" of all his albums...
We have long said that on one hand Raymond d'Huy is an undeniable virtuoso bass,
and secondly it has a real sense of the beautiful melody. He proves it again with
"Bikabass" and from the opening track, "Rezistans" sets the tone for an album
on which he worked for almost four years, immediately after the release of his
last album, "MesTissages". Jazz side may be mentioned his obvious masters: Pat
Metheny ("Marie-Laure," for example) and Marcus Miller (on 'Joker', taken from
the successful album "zapping" the Brothers of Huy - 1997, already). But around
the frame of its purely Caribbean jazz ("Mizik"), Raymond d'Huy adds his many
influences, they are melting, zouk, reggae, free (some flashes, listen to
"Crossroads"), gwoka or rock, in particular worked hard - and not just music,
the cover also - and abundant, where the bass is alternately breath, rhythm
and melody. There are many around the leader signatures known and appreciated,
the accomplices of Alchimiks - Jean-Michel and Raymond Lesdel Grego - the
longtime - Dominique Berosus, ... Jocelyn Menard brings his Christian Laviso
guitareka to "Peyi Blues" and Raymond highlights the voice of the talented
Leedyah Barlagne two songs sung on the album, "Respe" and "Ki Pawôl Folds."
But we find also jumble Sadikalay Philippe, Didier Just Sonny Troupé,
Andy Narell, Ruddy Levis ... "Bikabass" certainly marks a culmination in
the bassist's career, which we present here one of his finest achievements,
and this must be known."