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Han Bennink Trio: Han Bennink & Co.

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On this live album recorded last year in Belgium, the great Dutch drummer Han Bennink limits himself to a borrowed snare and a pair of young collaborators: Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst and Danish pianist Simon Toldam. But there’s so much sound and motion and sheer incident on this disc, the trio’s second, that it sometimes seems like Bennink is leading a roomful of players, from behind a battery of snares.

In nearly seven minutes, the improvised opener, “Klein Gebrek Geen Bezwaar,” ranges from jaunty swinger, featuring Badenhorst’s classically toned clarinet, to stormy, ostinato-style minimalistic experiment, to a kind of postbop cubism with movable parts, to Eastern-tinged melody. A rising star, Badenhorst switches to tenor saxophone on a lighthearted deconstruction of “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland” and bass clarinet on the cheery original “Ganz.”

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