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Take Five With...

Take Five With Jimmy Bennington

By Published: August 20, 2007
Desert Island picks: Kenny Millions, No Money, No Honey with Sunny Murray (Hum Ha); Bill Evans Live at the Village Vanguard, with Philly Joe Jones (Verve); Max Roach/Abdullah Ibrahim, Streams Of Consciousness (Piadrum); Beaver Harris, Thank You For Your Ears (Dizim); John Coltrane, Live in Seattle (Impulse).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? It is and will always hang in there. I think the money situation is very poor, and the opportunities to play fewer and fewer. There are many cliques here and elsewhere, and it seems to me that European Jazz artists are getting more and more on all fronts. I don't always understand how Europeans can come here and work and Americans don't get the same deference and consideration here or over there.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Know the history. Master your instrument. Teach others your knowledge. At all costs! Keep playing and recording this music

What is in the near future? An upcoming trio record featuring Julian Priester and NOW Orchestra bassist Paul Blaney. First trip to Paris (September 2007).

By Day: Recently finished a long stint as a dishwasher at a cafe and am playing and teaching privately more. I am also a freelance writer and have published articles/interviews in Modern Drummer, Jazz Profile, and Cadence Jazz and Blues Magazine.

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