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CD REVIEW: Jimmy Bennington – Midnight Choir
By Ben Ohmart - 07/21/2003 - 01:19 AM EDT

Artist: Jimmy Bennington
Album: Midnight Choir
CD Review: Be warned. Jimmy Bennington’s new cd Midnight Choir isn’t for everyone. If you’re in need of some steamy sax and mainstream vibe after a hard day at the car wash, this release isn’t for you. It’s jazz music that treats the drum as an instrument equal to the piano, and also believes that tunes are better felt than heard. These 7 cuts experiment with the below the skin deep beauty that music has always had, but which few artists have been daring enough to delve into.

Whether or not you beg to agree that this is serious music for serious minds, there is one given to the album: it will not put you to sleep. When the mind stays active, so does the body. You will stay interested, if not always clued in. But first you must accept the surreal world they weave with

The Mind
Two Fascinations
Street of Loneliness
Malcom Pison!
What Are You Doing With the Rest of Your Life

played by

Seth Paynter – saxes, vocal, hand drum
Bruce Melville – trombone
John Benjamin – piano
David Klingensmith – bass
Jimmy Bennington – drums, arrangements

Jimmy calls this a tribute to Elvin Jones. I don’t know the man myself, but after hearing the eclectic nature of this beast, I’ll have to go look him up.

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