Vein hit the Vortex with Greg Osby

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VEINGregOsbySwiss piano trio Vein are set to play their second UK date this week at the Vortex jazz club, London on 24 April, with special guest, US saxophone star Greg Osby. Led by drummer Florian Arbenz, alongside his brother/pianist Michael Arbenz with bassist Thomas Lähns, the group have been making waves in their homeland since their eponymous debut album in 2006, releasing a steady stream of albums that blend traditional piano trio sounds with propulsive riffing and relentless grooves.

Their 2011 album, Vein Plays Porgy and Bess, saw them exploring Gershwin’s classic work from a fresh perspective and their subsequent tour with leading US saxophonist Dave Liebman also spawned an album in 2012, Vein featuring Dave Liebman. For these UK dates, which included a gig at Band On The Wall in Manchester on Tuesday, the trio are joined by regular collaborator Osby who’s best known for his work with the influential M-Base collective and its composer Steve Coleman, and for his extensive period recording for the Blue Note label. Vein with Osby will be performing highly charged music from the group’s latest critically acclaimed album, Vote for Vein, as part of their European tour.

– Mike Flynn

For more info go to www.vortexjazz.co.uk and www.vein.ch