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November 21 , 2008

Prizes and press raves for Andersen Trio

Bassist Arild Andersen’s new trio with drummer Paolo Vinaccia and saxophonist Tommy Smith (in particularly exultant form) is knocking out almost everyone who hears it. Thus far press reactions to the group’s ECM disc Live At Belleville are unanimously positive, and the recording has just been announced as an album-of-the year selection in both of France’s leading jazz publications, Jazzman and Jazz Magazine.

“Un grand trio est né” exclaimed Jazzman, going on to compare the group with Jan Garbarek’s Triptykon trio and the Sam Rivers Trio – both of which were once powered by Andersen’s mighty bass.

In the daily newspaper The Scotsman, Kenny Mathieson writes: “My jazz album of the year. A trio brimming over with compelling ideas and creative invention. The music never flags for an instant, whether in slow-moving atmospheric explorations or fiery up-tempo jousting.”

The group is currently on tour in Europe. Gigs include: London Purcell Room (November 22), Lichfield Arts Centre (November 28), Neuwied Marktkirche (November 29), Edinburgh, The Lot (December 3), Aberdeen, Blue Lamp (December 4), Glasgow RSAMD (December 6), Lanark, Grayfriars Parish Church (December 7), Berlin, Kleist-Haus (December 10).