Boston's oddball reeds/guitar/piano trio Blueprint Project write pieces with clear, well-defined rhythmic contours, albeit knotty ones. (Monk's quirky timing is back there someplace.) They also have a distinctive way of weaving around each other, avoiding duplication of parts, making the most of skeletal instrumentation. That said, on record they often team up with guest rhythm players. For People I Like they add Dutch super-drummer and anarchist Han Bennink; their naming one tune "Herbie Nichols" (for the great '50s pianist and Dutch/Bennink favorite) is like putting out the welcome mat for him (Jared Sims's raucous clarinet and the track's sliding-downhill momentum make it a triple treat.) Han thrives in such rhythmically-charged environments, apt to reinforce a groove (the samba-lypso "Captain Salvy Sets Sail"), come up with a new one (hear the polyrhythmic churn midway through "The Holly Stomp") or energize more open material, like "Nu Moon at Yoshi's."
By Ken Micallef on 04.09.13 in Reviews
This inspired meeting between adventurous keyboardist Caine and gale-force drummer Bennink delivers everything their pairing promises. Caine, known for his avant-jazz/chamber excursions that approach classical masterwork...
By Kevin Whitehead on 04.20.10 in Spotlights
Ask a jazz fan about Herbie Nichols, and the reaction is likely to be either, "He's a genius," or "Who?" The pianist and composer is the paradigm of a genius neglected in his own time. Nichols's classic mid-'50s sides fo...
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...
By J. Edward Keyes on 02.26.15 in Features
When we launched Wondering Sound in March of last year, I wrote that the site's purpose was to be "a place where smart, opinionated writers can craft rich, detailed pieces for curious readers." As mission statements go,...