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UNIT Records
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder The Chamber Music Effect Album 2016
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Jazz Talks, feat. Dave Liebman Album 2014
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder VOTE for VEIN Album 2013
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder LEMURIA, feat. Dave Liebman Album 2012
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder VEIN plays Porgy and Bess Album 2011
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Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder The Studio Concert, feat. Greg Osby Album 2016
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder VEIN meets Glenn Ferris Album 2010
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder VEIN- On Stage Album 2009
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Standards-No Standards Album 2007
META Records
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Outstage Album 2008
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder VEIN Album 2006
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English: There certainly is no special need any more to mention the fact that today most jazz piano trios are deeply attached to musical interplay (even though this fact is worth to never be taken for granted!).

And yet, even with the most subtle, most distinguished form of interplay there is always one in the trio who plays the part of the primus inter pares – the pianist, of course (usually and by definition leader of the group).

That's exactly where pianist Michael Arbenz, drummer Florian Arbenz and bassist Thomas Lähns come up with their own idea of musical interplay. In fact, what they aim to achieve with their music - their understanding of music - is nothing less than the greatest possible balance of their three voices - starting with the way they work out their own compositions and arrangements, and going right through to the soloistic parts, fully assigned to all three of them.

The result is a stupendous musical togetherness, packed with surprising melodic, rhythmic and dynamic turns, played with highest precision even in the most complex, distorted and twisted passages of their compositions, arrangements and solos.

Deutsch:
Dass sich im Jazz die Klaviertrios im Normalfall einem idealtypischen Interplay verschreiben, ist ja schon längst eine Selbstverständlichkeit. (Wenn auch eine durchaus immer wieder erwähnens- und lobenswerte.)

Und doch: Selbst beim differenziertesten Pianotrio-Interplay fällt einem der drei Musiker unwillkürlich die Rolle des primus inter pares zu – dem Pianisten natürlich, in der Regel der Leader der Gruppe und im Spiel denn auch solistisch am meisten zu hören.

Und exakt hier setzen Michael und Florian Arbenz und Thomas Lähns mit ihrem Trio VEIN an:

Was sie mit ihrer Musik - ihrem Musikverständnis - anstreben, ist nichts Geringeres als die grösstmögliche Gleichwertigkeit der Stimmen, angelegt bereits in ihren bestechenden Eigenkompositionen, in ihren überraschenden Interpretationen und Arrangements fremder Stücke wie auch in den solistischen Parts, in denen alle drei Protagonisten sozusagen zu ihrem Recht kommen.

Das Resultat: Ein stupendes musikalisches Miteinander voller unerwarteter melodischer, rhythmischer und dynamischer Wendungen, von höchster Präzision selbst in den vertracktesten Passagen.

Press:

Nice Work, get it! Sensationell kreatives Klaviertrio!
- Rolling Stone

Selten habe ich in letzter Zeit Jazzmusiker der jüngeren Generation so leidenschaftlich und vorwärtspreschend spielen hören!... höchste Empfehlungsstufe!
- Wolfgang Giese, Rocktimes

Unless you have another CD by Vein, I reckon you're unlikely to have anything else in your collection that's quite like this...It grooves, it's rubato, it's subtle, it's fun, it's ruminative, it’s exultant; above all, it's constantly surprising. It's a treat.
- London - Jazz News 4. 2014

Tradition is always in view and that's precisely why it is soothingly hypermodern and zeitgeisty. The improvisational finesse of all participants meets magnificently attuned interplay, snotty anarchy and high precision.
- Christian Köpf, Donaukurier, 21. April 2015