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Bruno Vansina - Alto saxophone    
Gulli Gudmunsson - Double bass    
Teun Verbruggen - Drums    

The cooperation between Bruno Vansina (saxes) and Teun Verbruggen (drums) makes the pivot of this trio that was formed at the conservatory of Brussels in 1996. Christophe Devischer was the bass player of the first formation.

They got their initial inspiration from the trio recordings of Sonny Rollins 'Live At The Village Vanguard'. The music of Miles Davis Sextet with John Coltrane and Canonball Adderley, and the music of Chet Baker had it's influence as well.

Few years later the trio was extended with the addition of Swiss tenor player Francois de Ribeaupière. He brought in a few 'cool jazz' classics from people like Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz. This quartet sounded sometimes cool, sometimes hot. Cool jazz and energetic Bebop took turns.

In 2003 Gulli Gudmundsson (bass) joined the band (now a trio again) and was an immediate enrichment. Existing compositions by Bruno Vansina were a starting point along with some standards and originals. This repertory became more and more expanded, it deepened and got tested by their urge to experiment.

Rhythmic and melodic influences came more and more out of a multicultural source. Little by little, free- and collective improvisation found it's way into the music. A very personal playing style developed and more and more perfected. This trio does not play like anybody else and it has it's own story to tell. The debut reording of the band is Trio Music . This CD contains a selection of ten ´live´ concert-recordings made in Buster jazz club (Antwerp) between September and December 2003. This CD was released on 8. Sep 2004 in Zuiderpershuis, Antwerpen before an euphoric audience.

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