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Benny Lackner Trio: Drake

Read "Drake" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Benny Lackner was born in Germany, but moved to the United States at thirteen years of age. He spent his formative years in California, and received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Studies with pianist Brad Mehldau followed. Then, at thirty years of age, Lackner returned to Berlin from his adopted New ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Siskiyou

Read "Siskiyou" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The photo on the main page of Benny Lackner's website shows the pianist with one hand on an acoustic piano, the other plying the keys of a laptop computer. That's where his muse has taken him-into a very contemporary electro/acoustic piano trio mix with drummer Matthieu Chazarec and bassist Jerome Regard.

Siskiyou is Lackner's  ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Cachuma

Read "Cachuma" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Benny Lackner can do whatever he wants, and says as much with “I Can Do Whatever I Want," the opener on his forward-leaning Cachuma. This piano trio outing suggests he wants to nudge the trio setting into a modern groove while giving voice to his own artistic vision.

Modernization of the tried and true ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Pilgrim

Read "Pilgrim" reviewed by Michael J. West

The rock-ish but very adult Pilgrim is a cautionary example of why detail is important in jazz. On a cursory listen, the Benny Lackner Trio sounds like a Bad Plus imitator: the rock influence is heavy, pianist Lackner shares Ethan Iverson's harmonic trajectory and heavy touch, and drummer Robert Perkins' sound is superficially like Dave King's ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Pilgrim

Read "Pilgrim" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Benny Lackner Trio calls itself a “collective," with each member “interjecting equally toward the construction of the material." This sef-description was certainly true of the group's previous outing, Sign of the Times (Nagel Heyer, 2006). It's an even more accurate characterization of the group's approach on Pilgrim.

The “collective" is a piano trio, with ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Sign of the Times

Read "Sign of the Times" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Rivisitare o re-interpretare pop song di successo in chiave jazz più o meno spregiudicata, sembra essere diventato un filone d’oro da seguire e da sfruttare. Così diverse, nuove realtà musicali tentano di emulare i fasti di formazioni blasonate come gli statunitensi Bad Plus o i nordici E.S.T., precursori riconosciuti di questa tendenza musicale. Il Benny Lackner Trio, qui alla ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Sign of the Times

Read "Sign of the Times" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based pianist Benny Lackner came to my attention with the innovative jazz/pop outing Migratory (HeadFullaBrains, 2002) by Maroon, the group he co-leads with vocalist Hillary Maroon. That disc didn't make the splash it deserved, but in the music we loosely define as jazz, big splashes are fairly rare.

Fast forward a few years--past another ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Not the Same

Read "Not the Same" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Pianist Benny Lackner's conception of the jazz trio places his music somewhere between the Bad Plus and Matthew Shipp's nu bop, with a smattering of Brad Mehldau in the crevices. His entirely original but vaguely familiar compositions serve as rest stops that space apart his trio's flashy, attention-grabbing covers.

He and his band work ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Not the Same

Read "Not the Same" reviewed by John Kelman

Pianist Benny Lackner has made some waves in the past couple of years for his work in the genre-bending pop/jazz group Maroon, but it is with Not the Same that he finally gets the chance to step out and prove his mettle in the piano trio format. The piano trio has received some invigorating new blood ...

Benny Lackner Trio: Benny Lackner Trio

Read "Benny Lackner Trio" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

I think Mingus would have liked the opener on The Benny Lackner Trio. Lackner and colleagues take on his classic "Moanin'" with a fuzzy bass groove and quirky pots and pans (literally) serving as percussion.

Keyboardist Benny Lackner burst onto the scene on one of last year's finest recordings, vocalist Hillary Maroon's Migratory, which offered ...