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VEIN: VEIN plays Ravel

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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), the classical French composer/arranger, was an early embracer of jazz. He included elements of the then new music into some of his own later compositions. Jazz has--since the 1940s, initially under the guise of what became called the Third Stream, pioneered in part by Gunther Schuller--often married classical stylings with the quintessentially American  music that got its start down in New Orleans. The Swiss trio VEIN has gone full immersion with the classical side, taking ...

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Svein Rikard Mathisen: Copenhagen Diaries

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Copenhagen Diaries documents Norwegian, Bergen-based guitarist Svein Rikard Mathisen experiences while studying at the acclaimed Rhythmic Music Conservatory in the Danish capital, an era described by him as a “twilight zone" where “curiosity meets nightmares and angst meets caffeine." Fortunately, Matisen experiences were processed into an appealing yet complex compositions, reflecting the dramatic emotional turmoil of that seminal time. Mathisen core quartet feature Swedish pianist William Larsson and double bassist Paul Hinz and Danish drummer Andreas ...

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VEIN featuring Dave Liebman - Jazz Talks

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This collection documents the first studio recording of Swiss trio VEIN with American saxophonist Dave Liebman over a single afternoon in Basel. VEIN had approached Liebman, perhaps best known for his Saxophone Summit recordings with Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane, as far back as 2009 seeing in him a like minded spirit perfectly at ease with either the jazz tradition or something more expansive. While this special quartet had played live together before, documented on the live album Lemuria, this ...

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Vote For Vein: Three People Can't Be Wrong!

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Working in a piano trio these days, it's really quite hard to stand out with so many amazing players in the piano trio biz. Think about it. You have to compete with The Bad Plus, Satoko Fujii, Keith Jarrett, The Dawn of Midi, Vijay Iyer, Marcus Roberts, and a zillion other innovative and talented musicians using the exact same instrumentation. Yet, for all of the activity in this particular area there's always a new piano trio on the horizon with ...

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Svein Gjermundrød: Kitten on the Funkies

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The famous folk singer Pete Seeger has once stated that he doesn't listen to recorded music. This underlines the fact that it is actually possible to live a life in music without recording. However, the ghost of recording will often come back to haunt a musician and it is no secret that Seeger has recorded plenty of music himself. To call Norwegian trumpeter Svein Gjermundrød a late bloomer in the record industry would be an understatement, but ...


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