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News : Jef Neve just recorded the music for his next album « Sons of the New World », written for his trio with added five woodwinds & brass and dedicated to the evolution of the new world, which will be released end October 2012 (Universal/Emarcy). He also made a first jazz video-clip, surounded by a bunch of talented young artists.

Young pianist/composer Jef Neve has become a prominent figure in his homeland Belgium and his reputation is rapidly spreading to the rest of the world.

The Jef Neve Trio performed at festivals like Paris Jazz, North Sea jazz, Vienna Jazz, Montreal Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival , Vancouver Jazz, Veneto Jazz, Vossa Jazz, Blue Note Gent, Toulouse, Münster 'Jazz Inbetween', Lille Festival, Audi Jazz, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Madrid, Barcelona, Mexico, Monterey, Berlin, Athens, Middelheim, Rabat, as well as as tours in Canada, Japan, Australia, Mexico and concerts in Germany, Austria, England, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic,..

The two first albums, « Blue Saga » and « It’s Gone », were best selling jazz album in Belgium and received great reviews, amongst others AllAboutJazz.com wrote : "From Belgium comes Jef Neve, an explosively gifted young pianist whose second album, It's Gone, is without question one of the best I've heard in 2005."

In 2006 Jef Neve signed with Universal Music Belgium for his 3rd album "Nobody Is Illegal" which was released in 20 countries and put him immediately on the international scene, hailed everywhere as one of the finest artists of the young generation. - “His concerts are almost like a religious experience, riveting audiences by the sheer power and imagination of his playing. (The Observer) - "Nobody Is Illegal belongs to the best that you can find in the European Jazz." "For jazz, classical or simply music lovers : this album is a must from beginning to end." (MusikAnSich.de)

The fourth album « Soul In A Picture » (Universal/Emarcy, 2008) was released worldwide in 24 countries and confirmed his reputation. - «If Neve had been born somewhere jazzily iconic such as Chicago or New Orleans he would already have been fêted as the hottest new pianist on the block. » (Times Online) - «Spectacular. His previous album had enchanted the critics and was crowned with a ‘Choc’ Jazzman. “Soul in a Picture” hits the nail right on the head and confirms all our expectations.» (JazzMan)

The latest album «Imaginary Road » (Universal/Emarcy) was released in September 2010. Together with his long time companion Teun Verbruggen on drums, and a new fabulous bassplayer, Ruben Samama, from Dutch origin living in New York who also signed two compositions. The album was presented in 5 main venues in Belgium (cap. 7 to 800 people), the Brussels Ancienne Belgique was sold out two weeks beforehand , received a 4-star review in newspaper De Morgen. In Holland Amsterdam 'Bimhuis' they received two standing ovations from a full house, followed by concerts in Rotterdam Utrecht, The Hague Festival, Schelde jazz festival. For the release in France they Trio played three concerts in a row in the Paris 'Duc des Lombards' for a full house, as well as in Germany, Burghausen Festival and Trier. In June the Trio performed 3 sold-out dates in a row in Tokyo 'Cotton Club' for the Japan release as well as two concerts in Osaka, and were reinvited for shows in Tokyo in September 2011. In Canada they presented the album at the Rimouski Festival, and during their Australian tour they also made many new fans... About their performance at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival : “the guy is unbelievable, as a self confessed atheist his concert was a religious experience... people were wandering around after his concert gobsmacked...after his first concert at Wangaratta all his CD's were sold out...the trio is a world class jazz act" (Brian Saxby reporting from the Wangaratta JF, 3 Nov 2010)

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“ The Jef Neve Trio has developed to one of the most acclaimed pianotrio’s of today”. - JazzEnZo, 15.1.2012 (Holland)

“London Jazz Festival. “In two very contrasting Saturday night sets, Belgian pianist Jef Neve demonstrated why his stock has steadily been rising in Europe over the last decade. (..) In a world that some may consider to be overcrowded with piano trios, this group puts forward a compelling case that they deserved to be heard.” - LJF2011. Review by Tom Gray - Nov 24, 2011 (UK)

Amsterdam. “Belgian jazz trio shines in Concertgebouw.” (..) “Neve's compositions are melodically strong, harmonically surprising and rhythmically catchy. The effect on the listener is emotion, joy or stillness. Neve's playing shows a clever balance between control and freedom. He doesn’t search for sensationalism and you will not find excessive dynamics or note acrobatics. He is looking for refinement and not so much the big gesture. (…) With the Jef Neve Trio the Belgians have an ensemble that takes part in the international top. The succession of Toots Thielemans seems to be assured.“ - Het Parool, Jan Jasper Tambour – 30.7.2011 (Holland)

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Universal Music Belgium


Imaginary Road

Universal Music Belgium


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Impulse! Records




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