A great 3-star review of 3'Ain's debut EP by Norman Darwen in the English RnR Magazine!
Read the full review by clicking the link on the right.
Leading UK jazz magazine Jazzwise gave 3'Ain's debut EP 3 stars!
" This Belgium-based trio's five-track EP is boosted by the moodily animated presence of the scintillating Syrian trumpeter Yamen Martini; otherwise it's an engaging mix of Arabic-inflected melody, accordion-based Musette, Tango and improv."
Jacques Prouvost from Jazz blog JAZZQUES really enjoyed 3'Ain at Brosella XXS festival.
Read his full review (in French) on his JAZZQUES blog.
Thank you Georges Tonla Briquet and Jazzenzo Jazzmagazine for the beautiful review of our debut EP 3'Ain.
′′Describing the debut disc '3'Ain' as crossover would be an easy solution without putting everything into context. For the five compositions, the trio borrowed style elements and motifs from both Western and Eastern circles. A subtle cocktail of merges, as jazz can be. With accordion, trumpet and double bass they tentatively test a (limited) number of possibilities. Swing is missing, improvisation and blues on the other hand partly determine the main colour but following to the Maris method. And that means corrupted and impure but with a directness and emotional value to say the least..."
Read the full text (in Dutch) here
Jordi De Beule wrote the first review of our EP for Jazz & Mo'
"Anyone who has listened to Khaltoum by Ibrahim Maalouf in a loop by now, will surely enjoy the Middle Eastern jazz of 3'Ain. For what a pleasure it is to hear the Syrian trumpeter Yamen Martini!
In 2015 he arrived in Belgium and there he quickly crossed the path of Piet Maris. Since then, the two have worked together several times and when the opportunity arose for a residency in the Ostend arts workshop O.666, they immediately drummed up Otto Kint.
The result is an EP full of atmosphere.
Inspired by the view of the harbour, the opening song, originally written for a short film, gets a firm dose of sailor's grief. And also other songs are often drawn by what the Portuguese call so beautifully saudade.
The boats after which songs like Njord Puffin are named, you can almost hear them creaking and you can see them sailing towards the wide sea - giving and taking.
Thanks to a flawless recording, we get all the subtleties of the interplay of this trio: the full bass sound of Kint, the swelling and dying movements of Maris, the copper breath of Martini. How the latter pierces the silence, at times even reminds us of Soleá by Miles Davis, to name a big shot.
Of the best that came from Ostend since Sexual Healing."
Read the review (in Dutch) on the Jazz&Mo' website