Gratitude Trio - Jeroen Van Herzeele (sax, EWI, effects), Louis Favre (drums and voices) and Alfred Vilayleck (electric bass) - is a Brussels based band known for their strength and sensitivity that opens people's hearts.
The music of this power trio is tinged with african rhythms, sexy grooves, endless trances, sensitive ballads, crazy free jazz and a large dose of unpredictable.
Gratitude exists since May 2010 and has performed in prestigious venues such as Jazz Middelheim, La Fête de la Musique in Liege, Brussels Jazz Marathon, Jazz Station, Pelzer Jazz Club, Zottegem Jazz Festival, Porgy and Bess in Vienna, Belgian embassies in Amman and Berlin, Ham Sessions in Ghent, Het STUK, Jazz In het Park Festival, AJMI in Avignon, the Jazzèbre Festival in Perpignan ...
Their two albums "Gratitude" and "Alive" released in 2012 and 2015 under the label El Negocito Records have been very well received by the critics (Le Soir, De Standaard ...) and the enthusiastic audience.
The 3rd album Gratitude III will be released in April 2018. New sound, new approach. It's going to move you !
Indeed, the voice and EWI will enrich the sound palette while the musicians have developed a new way to create together.
Jacques Prouvost speaks about Gratitude with these words: "Welcome to the powerful energy of Gratitude Trio. They start where Coltrane left off - passion, mastery, adrenaline and feelings, inspired improvisations, perfect listening and strong dialogue - a must. "
For me this band represents one form of playing together, interacting, understanding each other in a such beautiful and specific way that music doesn't need to be explained ; we just share it for a given time between three great personalities and with the audience, which is for me the meaning of improvisation.