with Stan Tracey Trio and Bart van Lier
Dox Records [CD] ??
Psychoville (B. Herman) 04:40
Bootlicker ( B. Herman) 05:54
Bar Italia (B. Herman) 08:01
Mood Indigo (D. Ellington) 08:12
Tin Tin Deo (G. Fuller & C.Pozo) 09:00
Prozac (B. Herman) 08:40
Love For Sale (C. Porter) 08:06
Total time 52.49
Stan Tracey - piano
Clark Tracey - drums
Benjamin Herman - Alto
Bart van Lier - trombone
Andrew Cleyndert - bass Recorded 3 november 2005, Eastcote Studios London
The London Session' released on 25 september by Dox Records. As one of Hollandís ground-breaking jazz musicians, Benjamin Herman is a much sought-after soloist. He's a player who's cut more than his share of jazz work over the years and a.o. known for playing with New Cool Collective, Han Bennink and Paul Weller. Also he appeared on over a hundred records with all kind of artists, from Misha Mengelberg to Candy Dulfer.
In 2005 Benjamin was invited to progamme Rotterdamís International Jazz Festival and being a huge fan of Stan Tracey, he managed to track Stan down for a gig together with Dutch trombonist Bart van Lier. After this succesfull show Benjamin asked Stan to record a album with him and so the London Session was a fact. An album especially for people who love music in itís purist form!
Benjamin Herman, The London Session
(Roach Records) John Fordham
Friday November 10, 2006
British pianist Stan Tracey is rarely a sideman these days, but here his taut trio performs with the excellent Dutch alto saxophonist Benjamin Herman and trombonist Bart Van Lier. It is a 2005 studio set, with repertoire covering four boppish or Latin-grooving Herman originals and three jazz standards. Herman combines up-tempo agility with an attractively bitter tone on long notes and a fondness for vocalised warbles that suggest Art Pepper. Van Lier is a smooth trombonist with a bright sound (though a distracting tendency to early-jazz pastiche). Tracey's zigzagging figures and double-taking silences signify an elder statesman still at his peak. Straightahead, but with kinks.