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Gregg Bendian

Gregg Bendian

Not only is he one of the most versatile and musical drummer-composers around, Gregg Bendian is also a tireless collaborator and conceptualist who continues to challenge himself with a number of intriguing vehicles. In just the past couple of years, Bendian has recorded in so many settings that it’s hard to keep up with his prolific output. There have been a series of provocative duet recordings-Bang! with fellow drummer Paul Wertico, Banter with avant garde guitar pioneer Derek Bailey, Espiritu with drummer Alex Cline, and a searing remake of the John Coltrane/Rashied Ali duet Interstellar Space with guitarist Nels Cline. There was also the highly experimental three-CD set The Sign of Four, recorded in 1998 with Pat Metheny, Bailey, and Wertico. Meanwhile, Bendian has maintained two separate working groups in his dynamic fusion quartet Interzone with the Cline brothers and bassist Mark Dresser and the acoustic Trio Pianissimo with bassist John Lockwood and pianist Steve Hunt.

Bendian is particularly proud of his recent recording with Trio Pianissimo, Balance (TrueMedia). From sensitive ballads to heightened atonality, from chamber-like structure to freewheeling conversations, it encompasses the widest range of his expression as both composer and arranger.

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