The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Bennink & Co ILK ★★★★ Leg­endary Dutch drum­mer Han Bennink is li­able to hit any­thing that comes to hand – a mu­sic stand, a chair, a round of cheese (Edam, of course). But on this rare out­ing with his own trio, Bennink es­chews even his drumkit in favour of a soli­tary, bor­rowed snare drum. It’s a typ­i­cally cre­ative im­pulse from a true mu­si­cal anarchist who pro­vokes ap­pro­pri­ately in­ven­tive re­ac­tions from ris­ing young pi­anist Si­mon Toldam and equally young and gifted reed player Joachim Baden­horst. A sort of steam­punk at­mos­phere per­vades Bennink & Co, with each mu­si­cian blithely ig­nor­ing the con­ven­tions of his in­stru­ment. Though it’s all done with wit and hu­mour, this is se­ri­ous and of­ten ab­stract im­pro­vi­sa­tion of the high­est or­der, drawn to­gether by the sheer in­ven­tive­ness and glo­ri­ous groove of one of Europe’s most orig­i­nal per­cus­sion­ists. han­ben­nink.com

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