...the American jazz superstar must think a great deal of Vein's work; after all, it is their second joint production since "Lemuria". It is always very exciting and impressive to see what Dave Liebman brings out in the band and vice versa. Vein and Liebman really inspire each other. What a pleasure to experience how they communicate - their musical conversations are always interesting and exciting. Jazz Talks!!! - concerto/A
In the trio VEIN, Liebman has found a perfectly attuned band to interact with. It is with seeming effortlessness that they generate and transform complex patterns and rhythmic flows...
- Neue Luzerner Zeitung/CH
If you like jazz, do not miss this CD!
...The audience could return home safe in the knowledge that they had not just seen an old master of jazz but also an exceptionally multifaceted trio with great talent for composition and improvisation.
- 3 voor 12 Tilburg/NL
"Jazz Talks" is a fantastic album. This is not just owing to Dave Liebman but also to the Swiss trio's equally strong performance... There is no question we will be hearing more of them. - 3 voor 12 Tilburg/NL
The Swiss Jazz trio, consisting of Michael Arbenz on piano, Thomas Lähns on bass and Florian Arbenz on drums, is indeed remarkable. Within the space of just a few years, they have become firmly established in the contemporary European jazz scene. This is due to their instrumental skills and almost symbiotic interplay... In this combination – a European trio and an American saxophonist – they have created something that is musically extraordinary. - Ivan Rod, DK
Despite the contrasts – maybe because of them – this was a tight ensemble that read itself perfectly, resisting the pull of the obvious in favour of surprises. - Bristol 24/7, UK
What an absorbing evening’s music this was, making what was a superficially, stylistically familiar sound somehow a collective and quirky effort. Sometimes they were a classic piano trio, or blazing quartet, then a contemporary trio of equals demolishing a theme, then a freewheeling improvising unit. Mysteriously, I think this may have been one of a few, if not their only, date in UK on this trip. Well done, St. George’s for lassooing them.
- istomania bath, UK
The Album “VOTE for VEIN” opens with a track that is solid, bizarre, feisty and has a frenetic sense humour – so practically standard for VEIN…“Appearance and Speech” is one of the most exciting, dense and entertaining pieces of contemporary jazz literature. You will want to hear it over and over again…The belter “No We Can’t – Vote for Us Anyway!” is the ideal theme tune to the end of a sensually humorous, almost theatrical set. Piano trio jazz doesn’t get more surprising and unconventional than this – Vote for Vein!
– Hans-Jürgen Schaal, Fidelity Magazin 1.2014
VEIN are driving tradition forward with great curiosity, a passion for anything different, highest improvisational finesse and superb interplay. Their government participation would be more than welcome.
- Tobias Böcker, Jazz Zeitung 11.2013
…this magnificent trio is innovative without turning its back on various traditional influences. VEIN leads us to a jazzy future that is beguiling, harmonious, imaginative and rich. Their style, programme and musical quality is so appealing that last year they played eleven countries on three continents last year. So without hesitation: VOTE for VEIN!
– Entreprises Magazine, 12.2013
All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern), Negative Space (Dave Liebman), Small Talk 1 (Thomas Lähns/Dave Liebman), Stories Of A Century (Michael Arbenz), Black Tortoise (Michael Arbenz), Jammin' In The Childrenscorner (Florian Arbenz), Small Talk 2 (Michael Arbenz/Dave Liebman), Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma), Clear Light (Michael Arbenz), Waking With A Start (Michael Arbenz), Small Talk 3 (Florian Arbenz/Dave Liebman, April In Paris (Vernon Duke/arr. Dave Liebman), You And The Night And The Music (Arthur Schwartz) - UNIT Records UTR4556
Cooperating with artist Stephan Spicher from Basel, VEIN has launched 4 new videos:
all videos: Philippe Ohl, philo-media.de
Michael Arbenz, piano / Thomas Lähns, bass / Florian Arbenz, drums / Dave Liebman sax
In Your Own Sweet Way (Dave Brubeck), Lemuria (M. Arbenz), I Loves You Porgy (G. Gershwin), Evolution (F. Arbenz), Climbing (F. Arbenz), Summertime (G. Gershwin)
UNIT Records UTR 4384