This piano trio has trumped up quite a
bit of mileage as the rhythm section of
Flat Earth Society (FES), but these fierce musical personalities have also earned their spurs with bands and musicians as diverse as Mauro Pawlowski, Jef Neve and Arno. Since 2011 these three forces of nature have been combining their energies in such an obstinate and powerful way that even Tom Waits hasn’t failed to take notice. In the spring of 2013 they recorded their 2nd CD in Waits’ San Francisco
The typical brand of FES humour can
also be found in the compositions of
bandleader and pianist Peter Vandenberghe.
This trio is clearly an adventurous
jaunt, suggestive of “big band with a
twist”. Aside from Too Noisy Fish, Peter
has played with Arno, and has worked
with the choreographer Wim Vandekeybus,
as well as Toots Thielemans.
His boundary-pushing songs are afforded
added substance thanks to bassist
Kristof Roseeuw, himself bandleader of
the RadioKukaOrkest, that toured with
the New York tenor saxophonist Ellery
Eskelin, two years ago.
We know drummer Teun Verbruggen
from the Jef Neve trio, but this man gets up to so much more! He is often compared to Jim Black, because of his innovative style and the multitude of projects he is involved in. His RAT Events are a series of experimental music nights and his label RatRecords has about 15 releases to its name. Among those are Teun himself in duo with Arve Henriksen and the imposing BOAT (Bureau of Atomic Tourism) project, with, among others, the bassist Trevor Dunn and Marc Ducret.
(Belgian Jazz Meeting 2013 - JLS)