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by Jimmy Bennington
Meet Jimmy Bennington: Jimmy Bennington was born May 22, 1970 in jny: Columbus, OH. Mentored by late Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones, Bennington celebrates 25 years in the music field in 2015. Jimmy has performed and recorded with many artists including David Haney, Perry Robinson, Julian Priester, Steve Cohn, Ed Schuller, Daniel Carter, Ken Filiano, and Fred Jackson of the AACM. Career highlights include performances in jny: Paris and New York, at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge, and at the Chicago ...read more
by Jakob Baekgaard
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tireless work of trombonist Roswell Rudd, who has recorded his compositions and published the book Herbie Nichols: The Unpublished Works (2000), containing 27 of Nichols' compositions.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 ...read more
by Matthew Miller
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.read more
by AAJ Staff
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, ...read more
by Jack Gold-Molina
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: ...read more
by Budd Kopman
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 ...read more
by John Kelman
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 ...read more