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Legendary dutch drummer Han Bennink has had a musical career for more than 50 years, playing with numerous topmusicians worldwide. In the summer of 2008 he formed the first band carrying his own name; Han Bennink Trio with belgian reedplayer Joachim Badenhorst and danish pianoplayer Simon Toldam. The trio has since its birth performed several very succesfull concerts across Europe and is now ready with their debut-album PARKEN.
The music has a very broad spectre of qualities and ranges from regular songs to taking off in adventurous abstract improvisations. The space between these extremities, is where Han Bennink Trio finds the joy of playing music. Slow transitions from one side to another or rapid changes in a stunning telepathic manner.
Limits in jazz do not exist for 67 year old Han Bennink and that's mainly the reason why he has played with the world's giants, everywhere across the globe. Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor – to name a few – and not the least the collaboration through 50 years with fellow dutch free spirit Misha Mengelberg.
Now Bennink has found two young musicians who share the same free spirit:
Joachim Badenhorst (27) is impressive in his versatility: he knows a wide variety of the jazz history; ranging from the Ellington horn section to as far as free jazz exponents such as Evan Parker. And on top of all he has a strikingly beautiful tone on both clarinet and bassclarinet.
He has received several prices in Belgium, and moved recently to NY on a 3 years artist-visa.
Simon Toldam (29) is the one who sends the music in different directions with his witty interventions. He is a controlled player, who adds sublte sound-colors and restricts his playing to what the composition really needs. Sometimes a chord or a few solitary notes, on other moments using thick, dark clusters. He is an empathic player who reacts freely and originally to his fellow musicians. He has received 4 grammies in Denmark.
“His (Han Bennink) first own trio is an exceptional and unique band. His debut as a bandleader so succesfull, that it wouldnt surprise anyone that Bennink might not want anything else anymore."
Mischa Andriessen, Jazzenzo