Jimmy Bennington Celebrates 25 Years In Music With Inclusion In "Best Recordings Of 2014" Down Beat Magazine


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Jimmy Bennington/ Demian Richardson Trio featuring Ken Filiano Exotic Coda CIMP Records #403

Once mentored by Elvin Jones, Chicago-based drummer Jimmy Bennington celebrates 25 years in the music business with a series of recordings, the latest of which is a session cut with trumpeter Demian Richardson and bassist Ken Filiano. The program includes mostly originals by either Bennington or Richardson, the latter penning the most memorable tunes, with the swinging “Know More Blues" and a stirring ballad, Moonbeams", The drummer also pays tribute to some some lesser known musicians who've had an impact on his musical development. “Biggs' Tune" was penned by trumpeter Samuel Biggs and “Three Note tune for Nippon" by saxophonist Seth Paynter, both a throwback to Bennington's days in Texas. The songs bring together the familiar and the unfamiliar mainly because of Bennington's unique sound and loose drumming, which doesn't follow traditional rhythmic patterns and leaves quite a bit of room to freedom. Richardson's well defined notes and clean delivery mean that he can really project as a stately soloist, while his playing betrays the influence of Don Cherry and Woody Shaw. Filiano's boundless invention and highly melodic lines confirm his status as one of the most exciting bassists in jazz today. Bennington is the real architect of the session, and although he had definite ideas and communicated clear directions to his cohorts, he did not quell spontaneity.

—Alain Drouot, Down Beat Magazine “Best Recordings of 2014"

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