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You can often judge an artist by the company he or she keeps, and  drummer-composer  Raf Vertessen keeps excellent company, indeed. Born and raised in Belgium, he came to Brooklyn in 2016, quickly developing close mentor relationships with such key avant-jazz figures as Joe Morris, Joe McPhee, Ingrid Laubrock and Ches Smith. Now, Vertessen presents his debut on record,  LOI,  featuring a band with trumpeter Adam O'Farrill, tenor saxophonist Anna Webber and bassist Nick Dunston – all fixtures on the New York scene.

"Raf Vertessen is a deeply inventive, expressive musician. His art is informed by a thorough knowledge of what has come before him, and he builds on that through a rigorous use of both technique and imagination." — guitarist/bassist and educator Joe Morris

The music of LOI is deeply influenced by progressive jazz from the New Thing of the '60s to the inspirational free-improv scene of Europe to the fertile creative-music community in 21st-century America. Yet, for all the intrepid energy that implies, the Raf Vertessen Quartet also has a loose, afterhours feel: woozy and wild, its edge enticing.

"This band's music has an abstraction to it that can make it more accessible than some might think – allowing listeners to find their own, personal way in," Vertessen says. "It's that way for us, too, as players. The music is constantly shifting, like a living thing, as our responses and feelings change. I really hope people can take a trip with this record."


released October 2, 2020

Anna Webber - Tenor Saxophone
Adam O’ Farrill - Trumpet
Nick Dunston - Upright Bass
Raf Vertessen - Drums

all compositions by Raf Vertessen

recorded at Loft Köln September 2018 with Christian Heck
mixed by Jaimie Branch
mastered by Eivind Opsvik at Greenwood Underground Studio
artwork by Hery Paz
layout by Lut Vandebos


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