In a 1957 lecture at Brandeis University, composer Gunther Schuller posited that in addition to classical music and jazz a “Third Stream” of music existed, wholly separate from the two, but with the best elements of both. Schuller’s Third Stream has been exemplified by works from composers like Duke Ellington and Keith Jarrett, The Bad Plus, Charles Mingus and Uri Caine.
VEIN Trio are a shining contemporary example of Schuller’s idyll. The trio come from the jazz world but found perhaps their fullest expression in the transom between that and classical: Schuller territory. Their album ‘The Chamber Music Effect’ began their Third-Stream experimentation. Their latest, ‘VEIN plays RAVEL,’ is the apotheosis of the style. Ravel himself masterfully interpolated popular sounds of the day into his compositions, so when VEIN Trio tackle ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin’ or ‘Bolero’ the effect is undeniably catchy, and still true to the source material.
Michael Arbenz, piano
Thomas Lähns, double bass
Florian Arbenz, drums