"Virtuosity and emotion fit together wonderfully, and the kind of Roma music Mec Yek makes today has effortlessly made the step into the modern era without giving up any of its authenticity."
Dani Heyvaert honored Mec Yek with a great review for Rootstime
Read his full review: Here ! (Dutch)
"A fundamentally Belgian poetry, without doubt, with a delightful freedom".
Citizen Jazz on the first EP of 3'Ain in Citizen Jazz:
"3'Ain is a more dreamlike project, with influences from folklore that can be described as imaginary, so vast is the map of tenderness (...) A fundamentally Belgian poetry, without doubt, with a delightful freedom."
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.
3,5 Stars for 3'Ain's first EP from Gareth Thomas in the British Jazz Journal!
"The absence of drums contributes to a music that is open and uncluttered, allowing the listener to really appreciate the interplay and musical dialogue between Martini and Maris. But where some rhythmic backbone is required, Otto Kint steps in with his double bass, as in the percussive opening to Njord Puffin.
As an album 3’Ain is let down slightly by its lack of cohesion. Tracks end rather abruptly which can spoil the flow of the overall album ... However, as a series of musical vignettes, each track stands up well on its own."
But isn't that exactly what EP's are for? :)
Read the full review on jazzjournal.co.uk
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."
Invitation to travel, dream, contrast, emotions, are at the rendez-vous with this first EP, fignolated by a trio who knows its scales."
"That's what's interesting about this group, this subtle mix of ingredients from the four corners of the Mediterranean"
Jacques Prouvost from Jazz blog JAZZQUES really enjoyed 3'Ain at Brosella XXS festival.
Read his full review (in French) on his JAZZQUES blog.
"... corrupted and impure but with a directness and emotional value to say the least."
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
"This makes for a very interesting first EP, definitely worth checking out live"
Nicolas Van Belle wrote a very nice 3'Ain review for Luminous Dash Musiczine.
Check out his review (in Dutch) on their website or by clicking on the document on the right.