Friday, January 06, 2006

Drummer Teun Verbruggen told me last night that a new album he's on should be coming out in the spring. It's the VVG Trio's second album and this time, not only is it 2-CDs long (studio/live), but it also features the ubiquitous Jozef Dumoulin and the fantastic French flutist Magic Malik as guests. The VVG's previous album was an excellent display of open-ended and free-thinking bop-rooted improvisation, so I have high expectations. Teun has been developing a rock-leaning esthetic in his bands and those of others (Rackham, Flat Earth Society) alongside his jazz work (Jef Neve, Pascal Schumacher), this album might be the one that explicitly bridges the gap.