Gratitude Trio, the group which emerged during the Brussels Jazz Marathon as a 'carte blanche' given to Louis Favre (Egon, Selah Sue) in May 2010 . This was the perfect reason to invite Alfred Vilayleck (KOA collectively, Serge Lazarevitch 5tet, Melquiades 4tet + Julien Lourau) from Montpellier, France and Belgian acclaimed saxophone player Jeroen Van Herzeele (Mik Mâäk, Jeroen Van Herzeele Quartet, Greetings from Mercury). They felt immediately at ease and the chemistry was so intense that Gratitude Trio was born. Why the name Gratitude? Because the musicians are grateful for the music of the great masters, but also their families, friends and the incredible beauty that nature brings.
Gratitudes first release in 2012 consisted of compositions by Jeroen Van Herzeele, Louis Favre and Alfred Vilayleck and free improvisations. Meanwhile, this dedicated group played many concerts in venues large and small, at home and abroad, and worked on a new material, always evolving, self-searching, whilst the band kept on maturing through their concerts. Moreover Gratitude Trio was chosen to honor Toots Thielemans together with Aka Moon and Bert Joris at the famous Porgy And Bess Jazz Club of Vienna.
The album 'Alive' is a live recording of new songs which alternate between different dynamics and moods; sometimes rather loud, energetic with strong grooves and polyrhythms, other time more fragile and lyrical, like a ballad or charged full of feelings and emotions. As a power trio the music, often by the hand of Jeroen Van Herzeele brings an energy of letting go, not very conceptual or rigid with a hint of Led Zeppelin throughout. And of course the spirit of Coltrane is never far away.
released May 23, 2016
Louis Favre - drums
Jeroen Van Herzeele - tenor saxophone
Alfred Vilayleck - electric bass
Recorded live at 313, Brussels
Mixing & Mastering: Michel Andinaat the Red H Studio, Brussels
Production: Gratitude Trio
Pictures: Marta de Gracia
Design & Lay-out: Florence Collard