Michael Arbenz, piano / Thomas Lähns, bass / Florian Arbenz, drums
Boarding The Beat (Florian Arbenz), Prelude (Michael Arbenz), Poème De Nuit (Michael Arbenz), In Medias Res (Florian Arbenz), Ode To The Sentimental Knowledge (Florian Arbenz), Sheherazade (Michael Arbenz), Pastorale (Thomas Lähns), Ballet Of The Monkeys (Michael Arbenz) UNIT Records UTR 4716
The tour dates of this Basel band speak for themselves: VEIN is or will be crowned by success. In October, the trio starts off by presenting its album in three Chinese metropolises (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai). In the second half of the month, they are joined by Dave Liebman (sax) for the Polish leg of their tour (e.g. Katowice and Warsaw). It can be concluded that there is a worldwide interest in this Swiss triumvirate that clearly did not flourish without reason. – Ernst Weiss, Concerto
This trio shows true mastery in the way it brings variety into its initial musical ideas, decomposes themes, catchily abstracts tunes and sets the scene for rhythmic fury. What’s more, it proves just how thrilling piano trios can be despite releases at an almost excessive rate. - Jazzpodium
…they are far from chamber music rigidity. In fact, it is their sense of humour, as reflected in the song title “Ode to the sentimental Knowledge”, that makes this piano trio stand out from the crowd of peers.
This is fabulous to breath-taking trio jazz of the expressly non-conservative kind; a breath of fresh air for your music room before the windows are kept closed a little more for the winter.
Nice Work, get it! A trio with a thrilling creativity!
- Rolling Stone
Vein..., one of the most enthusiastic and interesting piano trios inrecent years... I must confess I am an official Vein fan. Since their debut, this trio has become as important to me as Esbjörn Svensson!!!
- Ben Williams, Concerto
I have rarely heard jazz musicians of the younger generation play withsuch passion and drive!... very highly recommended!
- Wolfgang Giese, Rocktimes
This album is a masterpiece in every detail as well as in ist overall
design... Liebman has an ingenious connection with the Swiss….
- Ulrich Olshausen, FAZ
Tradition is always in view and that's precisely why it is soothingly hypermodern and zeitgeisty. The improvisational finesse of all participants meets magnificently attuned interplay, snotty anarchy and
- Christian Köpf, Donaukurier
Unless you have another CD by Vein, I reckon you're unlikely to have anything else in your collection that's quite like this...It grooves, it's rubato, it's subtle, it's fun, it's ruminative, it’s exultant; above all,it's constantly surprising. It's a treat.
- London Jazz News