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Benny Lackner

Presenting singularly expressive jazz, embellished with slight electronic augmentation and drum programming, The Benny Lackner Trio is anything but typical. Functioning as a collective, with each member interjecting equally toward the construction of their material, the trio’s music is unfailingly intricate and multifaceted. While their unique compositions and renditions of jazz standards are remarkably sophisticated and challenging, it is in their unconventional interpretation of contemporary pop hits"by such diverse artists as Prince, Bjork and Jimi Hendrix"that The Benny Lackner Trio reveals its virtuosity



Label: Ozella Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: I Told You So; Rise To The Occasion; Here To Stay; Decompression; Tears; Good Stuff; It's Gonna Happen; Entwurzelt; Drake; Yorke; Choral.


Article: Album Review

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 ...



Label: Unit Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: The 4th Member; Cygnet Committee; Palau; Sugarman; The Garden; Heart Racer; Song For Lucia; Siskiyou; Name Dropper.


Article: Album Review

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  ...



Label: BHM Productions
Released: 2012
Track listing: I Can Do Whatever I Want; Lola's Dance; Imren; Coming Down; Cachuma; Pianohaus; Find Your Place; Brooklyn/Berlin; Elephant Woman; Yulia; The Baltic.


Article: Album Review

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 ...


Night for Day

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2008
Track listing: 01. Chicken Pox (Bernard); 02. Transkei (Lackner/Perkins); 03. Waltz (Emer); 04. Dry Tortugas (Bernard); 05. Heaven (Strayhorn); 06. Pianohaus (Lackner); 07. Nothing to See (Bernard); 08. Coming Down (Lackner/Emer); 09. Snow (Emer); 10. Cachuma (Lackner).



Label: Stray Dog Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: Mowgla; Pilgrim; Beyond; Let it Die; Brad Plus; Blind; I Never; Lonely, Lonely; K.W.S. Nightmare; Transkei; Emma's Song.


Article: Album Review

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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