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This reviewer hesitates to give advice on how to listen to any particular recording, but this collection of duos between Terrie Ex and Han Bennink contains almost too much information, too much energy, to digest in one, straight-through listening experience.
Bennink, the nearly 60 year-old Dutch drummer and artist has recorded with large ensembles (ICP Orchestra), in Peter Brotzmann’s Machine Gun, in quartets, trios (hope you have discovered the Clusone 3), and numerous solo settings. His duo, with the likes of Misha Mengelberg, Steve Beresford, Evan Parker, and Dave Douglas, reveal an extremely creative and restless mind. This session with Terrie Ex of the Dutch political punk band/activists, The Ex, pushes the concept of free improvisation into the aggressive arena, not with excessive noise as much as the physical sounds of a percussionist meeting a human guitar wrestler.
The seventeen tracks, two-thirds of which are under two and ½ minutes, blast forth from a dead stop into quickly organized sound. Bennink’s drum kit pulses streams of energy only to stop on a dime (or a Gelder) and change directions. Terrie Ex doesn’t so much play the guitar as exercises it, more WWF than jazzercise.
Together, Bennink a man of a thousand schtiks and Ex with his deconstructed chords, avoid familiar covers opting for raw sound. The shorter pieces feel like spontaneous musical haikus while the lengthier tracks perhaps evolve around prearranged ideas. “Het Spook en de Kaas” opens with Bennink applying a mallet beat and blowing a toy whistle to Ex’s thunderous delivery. Bennink switches to drumsticks and a furious race develops. Terrie Ex brings forth a beat, a non-guitar pulse that parallels Bennink. Neither musician backs down in these frontal assaults. Like the entire affair the song has a great beat, but you wouldn’t want to attempt a dance.
Track Listing: Kieft; Demp; Buus; Kluft; Het Spook en de Kaas; Knijt; Tzwet & Tkalf; Twototango; Tuk; Song Of The Slender Moa; Tk; The Laighing Owl; Skots & Skeef; Zeepijn; Dug; Glenfbij; Taailing.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com