Recorded during their 2014 tour, Jorrit Dijkstra (sax), Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Mary Oliver (violin), Jason Roebke (bass) and Han Bennink (drums) recorded this new set of inspired Steve Lacy & Monks tunes primarily in Padova, Italy.
Whammies, The (Dijkstra / Oliver / Karayorgis / Roebke / Bishop / Bennink)
Play The Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 3, Live
Label: Driff Records
Released in: USA
"In the spring of 2014 The Whammies played a short tour that included concerts in Padova, Italy and St. Johann, Austria, featuring a new set of Steve Lacy's compositions. The Whammies Vol. 3 Live consists mostly of the Padova concert, and shows how the band has developed since its founding in 2012. Rather than making arrangements of the tunes beforehand, The Whammies take an open, "instant arranging" approach towards Lacy's source material. During a concert each band member has the freedom to introduce backgrounds, solos, smaller groupings, or the next tune, to move the music forward.
Apart from Lacy highlights such as "Revolutionary Suicide" (dedicated to Black Panthers activist Huey Newton) and "Papa's Midnite Hop" (based on a poem by Goethe), The Whammies play a few gems that have never been recorded, such as the Sun Ra tribute "Sublimation" (featuring Dijkstra's Lyricon, an analog wind synthesizer from the '70s), and the hard swinging tune "Bumpers." The piece "Palermo-Orgosolo" which appears to be unfinished in Lacy's notebooks, is a melody set to a poem by Italian "sound" poet Giulia Niccolai whose work Lacy used in a few other compositions. The composition "Letter," set to a sweet letter that Lacy and his wife Irene Aebi received from young nephew Alex Aebi, is another beautiful piece that highlights Lacy's elegant melodic writing. Following the tradition set on the first two volumes, Vol. 3 again closes with a Thelonious Monk tune, this time "Hornin' In." "-Driff
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"Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink was born in Zaandam near Amsterdam in 1942. His first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. Later his father, an orchestra percussionist, supplied him with a more conventional outfit, but Han never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects he finds backstage at concerts. He is still very fond of playing chairs.
In Holland in the 1960s, Bennink was quickly recognized as an uncommonly versatile drummer. As a hard swinger in the tradition of his hero Kenny Clarke, he accompanied touring American jazz stars, including Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Griffin, Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon. He is heard with Gordon on the 1969 album "Live at Amsterdam Paradiso" (on the Affinity label) and with Dolphy on 1964s "Last Date" (PolyGram). At the same time, Bennink participated in the creation of a European improvised music which began to evolve a new identity, apart from its jazz roots. With fellow Dutch pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he founded the musicians collective Instant Composers Pool in 1967. Bennink anchored various bands led by Mengelberg or Breuker, and appeared in their comic music-theater productions.
Bennink attended art school in the 1960s, and is also a successful visual artist in several media, often constructing sculpture from found objects, which may include broken drum heads and sticks. He has designed the covers for many LPs and CDs on which he appears. Bennink is represented by Amsterdam's Galerie Espace, and has been the subject of several one-man shows, including one at the Gemeente Museum in the Hague in 1995.
In 1966, Bennink played the US's Newport Jazz Festival with the Mengelberg quartet. From the late 1960s through the '70s Bennink collaborated frequently with Danish, German, English and Belgian musicians, notably saxophonists John Tchicai and Peter Broetzmann, guitarist Derek Bailey and pianist Fred van Hove. Bennink, Broetzmann and van Hove had a longstanding trio well documented on FMP Records. There Bennink also showcased his talents on clarinet, trombone, soprano saxophone and many other instruments, also featured in a series of solo albums he began in 1971.
Bennink's many recordings from the 1980s include sessions with Mengelberg's ICP Orchestra (where he remains), South African bassist Harry Miller, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonists Roswell Rudd and George Lewis, and big-bandleaders Sean Bergin and Andy Sheppard.
From 1988 to'98 Bennink's main vehicle was Clusone 3, with saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Moore and cellist Ernst Reijseger, a band noted for its free-wheeling mix of swinging jazz standards, wide-open improvising, and tender ballads. Clusone played Europe and North America, West Africa, China, Vietnam and Australia, and recorded five CDs for Gramavision, hat Art and Ramboy.
Nowadays he is frequently heard with tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius's quartet and in a trio with pianist/keyboardist Cor Fuhler and bassist Wilbert de Joode, and he still collaborates occasionally with jazz luminaries such as Johnny Griffin, Von Freeman and Ray Anderson.
A conspicuous feature of Bennink's musical life since the 1960s is the spontaneous duo concert with musicians of many nationalities and musical inclinations; in the '90s he recorded in duo with among others pianists Mengelberg, Irene Schweizer and Myra Melford, guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin.
Since 2008 Han Bennink has his own Han Bennink Trio consisting of Han Bennink, Joachim Badenhorst on clarinet and Simon Toldam on piano."-Han Bennink Website, Kevin Whitehead (http://www.hanbennink.com/music/biography/biography.php)
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Recorded live at Cinema Lux, Padova, Italy on March 14th, 2014 by Mikro Di Cataldo, and at Festival ArtActs in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria on March 15th, 2014.
Jorrit Dijkstra-alto saxophone, lyricon
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1. Bumpers (To Vincent Lopez) 6:53
2. Snorts (To Pablo Picasso) / Papa's Midnite Hop (To Kurt Aebi) 11:46
3. Letter (To Hoagie Carmichael & Palermo-Orgosolo) 11:01
4. Stations (To Thelonious Monk) 4:23
5. The Kiss (To Maurice Ravel) 8:24
6. Revolutionary Suicide (To Huey Newton) 5:16
7. Sublimation (To Sun Ra) 6:03
8. Hornin' In 6:01