After a series of gigs the Frans Vermeerssen Trio presents its first trio album “The Trail”. It consists of 12 new compositions of various character, all named after or referring to “Path” or “Road” in different languages. Vermeerssen considers improvising as traveling through all kinds of landscapes, with an open mind to whatever comes along. He is constantly in search of true improvising, using the compositions as sign posts or starting points. Improvisations are as spontaneous as possible, mainly guided by intuition and awareness of what is happening in the moment.
Frans Vermeerssen tenor and soprano saxophone
Dion Nijland bass
Thomas Jaspers drums
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In Vermeerssen’s opinion the trio line up is the smallest complete band in jazz music. It has rhythm, melody and counterpoint. A trio offers great opportunities to improvise in a very open way. Much of his favourite music is played bythe trio’s of Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Ab Baars, Arthur Blythe and of course “Air” with Henry Threadgill.
The trio line up is very challenging, both in composing and performing. After a long career in playing jazz Vermeerssen finally felt up to the challenge. In bass player Dion Nijland (who also participated in Vermeerssen’s quartet “Talking Cows”) and Thomas Jaspers on drums he has found the perfect match for his music.