Benjamin Koppel - The Art Of The Quartet
Cat. no: UTR4958
Release Date: 26th February 2021
Their mutual respect and almost telepathic sensibility of one anothers
artistic contributions mount to a rare and intriguing double album, that gives a deeply original and highly spiritual experience.
American top pianist Kenny Werner and Scandinavian star saxophonist Benjamin Koppel have become musical brothers through 15 years of ongoing frequent musical collaboration.
Their duo album WALDEN was highly acclaimed, as has their long line of other releases, including COALITION with Lionel Loueke and FREEBOP with David Liebman. Scott Colley, known from his work with Carmen McCrae, Herbie Hancock and Jim Hall, has been working with Kenny for ages. Kenny and Jack DeJohnette (think Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett) go back together for decades.
Scott and Benjamin are close friends and musical comrades, with both duo work as well as their working trio the KOPPEL-COLLEY-BLADE COLLECTIVE together with topdrummer Brian Blade. Scott and Jack have played together on many occasions, including in the group HUDSON with John Scofield.
All in all these four musicians know each other very well, they are all part of a jazz family, that keeps exploring the possibilities and boundaries for musical expression in the field known as jazz.
CD 1: Free I (Koppel-Werner-Colley-deJohnette) / Bells OfBeliefs (Koppel) / Night Seeing (Koppel) / Ahmad The Terrible (Jack DeJohnette) / Follow (Werner) / Free II (Koppel- Werner-Colley-deJohnette)
CD 2: Iago (Werner) / Ballad For Trane (Werner) / If I Should Lose You (Rainger/Robin) / Americana (Colley) / One On One (DeJohnette) / Sada (Werner)