Sun June 16, 2024

Han Bennink Children’s Trio (NL)

Han Bennink: drums
Ben van Gelder: alto saxophone
Reinier Baas: guitar

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Han Bennink likes sounds from unlikely objects. This is why he can drum on everything he encounters, from a kitchen chair to the stage floor. As the co-founder of Instant Composers Pool, he has played in countless formations over the last 55 years. Now he will perform with two musicians who are less than half his age, saxophonist Ben van Gelder and guitarist Reinier Baas.

Bennink lovingly calls this his ‘Children’s Trio’, even though Baas en Van Gelder have reached an age and a career path that deserves respect. The three of them have performed nationally and internationally, from the Concertgebouw to the Umbria Jazz and North Sea Jazz festivals.

Baas and Van Gelder have played more than 300 gigs together, and they have released two albums as a duo: Smash Hits with the Metropole Orchesra, and Mokum In Hi-Fi, an ode to the city of Amsterdam.

‘It sounded Monk-like… They played an insanely beautiful version of Body and Soul. During the encore Bennink jumped from behind the drum kit to play one of his characteristic solos on the floor. The three radiated virtuosity and, above all, fun. The audience loved it’ (JazzFlits).