Feven Kidane's Maiden Voyage

Feven goes from free jazz to powerful post-bop in 3 days.

Feven Kidane's Maiden Voyage
L-R: Dan Howard on bass and Feven Kidane on trumpet perform at the Tangent Cafe on March 23, 2022.

Feven Kidane at the Tangent

Last night, Feven Kidane led a quartet at the Tangent Cafe with Julian Borkowski on piano, Dan Howard on bass, and Todd Stewart on drums.

A few days ago on Sunday, Feven was the featured artist for the New Thing at General Strike.

For General Strike, I had written more about the gig itself, because it was new. Free jazz was the order of the day.

But now, let’s focus on Feven and the post-bop music from last night. "Maiden Voyage" was one of the tunes that the band played, hence the title of this Update.

Of the tunes from the post-bop repertoire that made their setlist, these were my three favourites:

"All The More" (Kenny Wheeler)

All The More
Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Furio Di Castri, Joe LaBarbera · Song · 1997

"Katerina Ballerina" (Woody Shaw)

4. Katrina Ballerina - Woody Shaw
The Moontrane/ Woody Shaw (1974)

"Toyland" (Jackie McLean)

Toyland (Remastered 2006/Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music GroupToyland (Remastered 2006/Rudy Van Gelder Edition) · Jackie McLeanDemon’s Dance℗ 2006 Blue Note RecordsReleased on…

Feven also played originals, and the highlight was "Little Habesha Girl", which had intense soloing on an Afro-Cuban blues-like groove. Another original tune, "Cow Tipping", was a frantic and loud arrangement. I'll look forward to hearing those two tunes again.

Who will make a major investment in Feven?

Feven is a 24-year-old trumpeter who drew a robust audience last night. Although still a Cap student, she's already a major asset to the Vancouver jazz scene:

  • She is a young talent who puts on other young talent: when I was in my early twenties, a band this young wasn't getting booked at the Tangent, but here we are
  • She has a nice amount of deference to her bandmates; the trio behind her got plenty of time to stretch out and have fun, and she seems to enjoy letting her bandmates step into space within the arrangements
  • Her playing across multiple genres sounds confident and intense
  • She is known as an activist and a personality who stirs the pot in this community

This is a standout mix of traits, one that jazz labels and grants won't ignore for long.

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