The music of pianist and composer Herbie Nichols (1919-1963) has experienced something a renaissance in recent years. This is, in no small part, due to the tireless work of trombonist Roswell Rudd, who has recorded his compositions and published the book Herbie Nichols: The Unpublished Works (2000), containing 27 of Nichols' compositions.
Thus, thanks to the work of Rudd, drummer Jimmy Bennington and his trio have been able to record a tribute album to Nichols: Another Friend: The Music of Herbie Nichols, consisting almost entirely of forgotten compositions by this neglected master. This also means that one won't find any ...read more
Onstage at Spike Hill in August, 2007, a bar-cum- performance space in the bougie heart of Williamsburg, Julian Priester addressed his fans with unadorned deliberateness, the spoken equivalent of his trombone playing. Music is magical...[a]willingness to expose your most vulnerable self...to discover that it's OK to expose your most vulnerable self. The 72 year-old trombonist has embodied that ethic over a fifty-year career, adding a dimension of vulnerability to a predominantly bop vocabulary and thriving in diverse musical settings. On Portraits and Silhouettes, the soft-spoke veteran is joined by the relatively youthful, 37 year-old Jimmy Bennington, whose ...read more
Meet Jimmy Bennington: James Arnold Bennington, Born 22 May, 1970 in Columbus, OH. He was raised in Detroit, MI until the age of nine when his family moved to Houston, TX. He began music studies there on clarinet, playing the instrument for three years before switching to drums at age thirteen. Primarily self-taught, Bennington played in marching and concert band and small combo groups throughout middle and high school.A highly developed jazz and blues player while in TX, he was taken under the wing of friend and mentor Malcolm Pinson. It was during this period that Bennington began ...read more
Currently residing in Seattle, Washington, Jimmy Bennington began his musical studies as a child in Texas. Having spent two years between 2000-2002 working as a drum tech for Elvin Jones touring the United States and Europe, Bennington is a drummer with a distinctive playing style and he has had the opportunities to work with a diverse array of artists from the jazz and improvised music communities including Gordon Lee, Art Resnik, and Michael Vlatkovich. Bennington currently has two CD releases: Contemplation, released in 1998, and Midnight Choir, which was released in 2003 on the OA2 label.
All About Jazz: How ...read more
There is little information included about the music on Midnight Choir to prepare you for the listening experience (though there is a bio of Jimmy Bennington), and the disc starts right off quite abstractly. The first two tracks are attributed to Seth Paynter (sax) and are of a sparse, non-rhythmic, free kind that is more expressionist than anything else. The Mind"? is made of sax/bass duets, bass solos, drum solos, vocalisms, and the trio playing seemingly without regard to each other. Yet it hangs together, somehow anchored by an insistent low sax note. Two Fascinations"? has more rhythm behind a ...read more
Free jazz, or avant jazz, is risky business. The best of the bunch show how a group of players can operate in simpatico by virtually creating something out of nothing; or how to create new and unusual sonic textures that take the listener to places heretofore uncharted. The worst sound like a conglomeration of players who are simply generating a lot of unfocused noise. Drummer/arranger Jimmy Bennington, on his début release Midnight Choir , sits conspicuously on the fence; with enough structure and empathy within the group to demonstrate some sense of direction while, at the same time, never quite ...read more
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