Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Træben has everything that defines jazz. Their music is energetic and playful, groovy, spacious, dynamic and transparent. The songs leave an impression of freedom within the performance that has no boundaries and can leap in any direction at any time. The foundation of the music consists of melodic compositions which in performance unfolds into colorful worlds. The band explores the worlds, molding them in their interplay and expanding them seeking new borders and possibilities within them. In this way each song becomes a story with a beginning and an end from first to last note. Solo's and improvisations are essential parts of this and form the building blocks that unfolds the plot. It becomes like a movie where each band member has a role in the story. Træben shows that there is more to a band than a few individuals on a stage and everyone just doing their own thing. The chemistry and interplay within the band makes the band greater than the sum of its parts. This is the source of the fresh energy and freedom that fuels a sense of purpose in the music. This is the essence of jazz.
James Pearse (UK)
Jazz Flits: Music that touches you, because it is natural and honest Frank Hueser (NL)
Jazzmozaïek: An album filled with beautiful melodies and a strong lyrical academic undertone George Tonla -Briquet(BE)
Albumcheck: Editor's tip of the month in August Ulf Hundeiker (DE)
Haagsche Courant: Crisp when in its swinging gear .. ..making one's heart melt in its ballads. Bert Jansma (NL)
Bebop spoken here: Træben is one of the most musical bands I have heard in recent years Lance Liddle (UK)
Jazzenzo: TRÆBEN is the epitome of a contemporary jazz band. Jan Jasper Tamboer (NL)
Jazz Wrap: Traeben may be Europe's top secret weapon. But with Push, the secret is out. This is a band which should have staying power. Stephan Moore (USA)
GAFFA: Some of the best modern contemporary jazz I have heard in a long time. Ivan Rod (DK)
Draai om je oren: Beautiful changes in colour and tempo. This music keeps you listening because it sneaks up on you so pleasantly! Cees van der Ven (NL)
Nordic Project (OAP Records, 2009)
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