Lineup

Han Bennink - drums
Joachim Badenhorst – bassclarinet/clarinet
Simon Toldam – piano

Legendary dutch drummer Han Bennink has had a musical career for more than 50 years, playing with numerous topmusicians worldwide. In the summer of 2008 he formed the first band carrying his own name; Han Bennink Trio with belgian reedplayer Joachim Badenhorst and danish pianoplayer Simon Toldam. The trio has since its birth performed several very succesfull concerts across Europe and released their debut-album PARKEN in 2009.

The music has a very broad spectre of qualities and ranges from regular songs to taking off in adventurous abstract improvisations. The space between these extremities, is where Han Bennink Trio finds the joy of playing music. Slow transitions from one side to another or rapid changes in a stunning telepathic manner.

Limits in jazz do not exist for 67 year old Han Bennink and that’s mainly the reason why he has played with the world’s giants, everywhere across the globe. Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor – to name a few – and not the least the collaboration through 50 years with fellow dutch free spirit Misha Mengelberg.

Now Bennink has found two young musicians who share the same free spirit:

Joachim Badenhorst (b.1981) is impressive in his versatility: he knows a wide variety of the jazz history; ranging from the Ellington horn section to as far as free jazz exponents such as Evan Parker. And on top of all he has a strikingly beautiful tone on both clarinet and bassclarinet.

He has received several prices in Belgium, and moved recently back to Belgium, after 3 years in NY on a artist-visa.

Simon Toldam (b.1979) is the one who sends the music in different directions with his witty interventions. He is a controlled player, who adds sublte sound-colors and restricts his playing to what the composition really needs. Sometimes a chord or a few solitary notes, on other moments using thick, dark clusters. He is an empathic player who reacts freely and originally to his fellow musicians. He has received 4 grammies in Denmark.


han bennink trio
'Bennink#Co'

released november 5th 2012
ilk music

The legendary dutch drummer Han Bennink releases “Han Bennink & Co” - a sequel to the acclaimed debut album “Parken“ from 2009 – on danish leading avantgarde label ILK Music.

With his trio - the first and only group in his own name - the experienced drum wizard´s telepathic musicality again is united with the two young musical personalities in European jazz: Joachim Badenhorst on saxophones and clarinet and ILK's own Simon Toldam on piano.

The music on “Han Bennink & Co” has a very broad spectre of qualities, and ranges from playing regular songs to taking off in adventurous abstract improvisations. The space between these extremes, is where Han Bennink Trio finds the joy of playing music. Slow transitions from one side to another, or rapid changes in a stunning telepathic manner.


han bennink trio 'parken'

released september 29th 2009
ilk music

Legendary dutch drummer Han Bennink has had a musical career for more than 50 years, playing with numerous topmusicians worldwide. In the summer of 2008 he formed the first band carrying his own name; Han Bennink Trio with belgian reedplayer Joachim Badenhorst and danish pianoplayer Simon Toldam. The trio has since its birth performed several very succesfull concerts across Europe and is now ready with their debut-album PARKEN. The music has a very broad spectre of qualities and ranges from regular songs to taking off in adventurous abstract improvisations. The space between these extremities, is where Han Bennink Trio finds the joy of playing music. Slow  transitions from one side to another or rapid changes in a stunning telepathic manner.

Limits in jazz do not exist for 67 year old Han Bennink and that's mainly the reason why he has played with the world's giants, everywhere across the globe. Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor – to name a few – and not the least the collaboration through 50 years with fellow dutch free spirit Misha Mengelberg.