Benjamin Herman - Bughouse

Benjamin Herman

Bughouse

Release date: October 12, 2018
Format: LP Album
Syle: Jazz
Limited 180gm white vinyl LP pressing including digital download. With his 2018 project Bughouse Dutch based saxophonist Benjamin Herman has finally found the perfect musicians to realize a long-cherished dream of forming a punk jazz quartet. Although Benjamin is a now a seasoned jazzhead with well-earned credentials he was very much influenced by the DIY mentality that was part of the punk ethics in the late seventies. Guitarist Reinier Baas is a game changer on the renowned Dutch guitar scene. A highly gifted jazz musician and a very productive composer with a totally unorthodox approach to everything he is involved in. Bassist Peter Peskens of one of Amsterdam's most popular young collectives 'Jungle By Night' is, in spite of his young age, a sort-after bass virtuoso with a remarkably personal sound. He recently graduated with honors at The Amsterdam Conservatory. 'The recording sessions were charged as hell seeing as we had no idea if we would have anything worth releasing at the end of the day. All four of us were way out of comfort zones... in the end we came out with 23 songs in total.' Another big influence is British saxman Xero Slingsby. Xero died far too young from a brain tumor but managed to leave his mark in several European cities busking and gigging in small clubs with his trio. 'He often played on Leidseplein in the early eighties. His mix of punk and free jazz and his working-class attitude as a performer was really inspiring, much more inspiring than the kind of jazz that was being broadcast on national TV and radio. It was Xero Slingsby and people like John Lurie (The Lounge Lizards) and James Chance (The Contortions) that made me look at being a saxophone player from a totally different perspective.'

Tracklist:
  • 1. Announcement
  • 2. Arrival of the Swifts
  • 3. The Rubber Room
  • 4. One for Xero
  • 5. Les Boulevardiers
  • 6. Lovetone
  • 7. Merrylegs
  • 8. Pushhandel
  • 9. Pipa Club
  • 10. Steve Norman's True Sax
  • 11. Lizard Waltz
  • 12. Treat It Gentle
  • 13. Gulli Gulli
  • 14. Zippit
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