Benjamin Koppel (DK), Scott Colley (US) and Brian Blade (US) met in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2012 when playing two sold-out shows together at Summer Jazz (sub of Copenhagen Jazz Festival). Koppel and Colley had worked together before, but when Blade joined the two, magic happened. And shortly after the show, they decided to do a trio tour as a collective.
Album in the making
The collective’s second album was recorded in spring 2016 and is exspected to be released in July 2016 during the Summer Jazz Festival i Copenhagen, when the trio will performed two concerts at Betty Nansen Teatret.
Blade’s creativity blended perfectly with Colley’s strong improvisations, topped by Koppel’s lyrical sax playing. All three musicians writes music for this trio and the coming album in order to make the new group fresh and exciting. The music stretches from the quiet, beautiful ballad-alike jazz, to the more powerful, energetic rock-influenced sub-genres.
Benjamin Koppel (alto sax)
Scott Colley (bass)
Brian Blade (drums)
Benjamin Koppel (b. 1974, Denmark):
Benjamin Koppel is one of the most award-winning musicians of his generation. He has released more than 30 cd’s as band leader and these includes cooperations with giants like Paul Bley, Miroslav Vitous, Phil Woods. In 2011 Koppel became a cultural knight of France for his big contribution to the french jazz via cooperations with Daniel Humair and many more.
Koppel run two annual festivals, Summer Jazz and Winter Jazz in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Scott Colley (b. 1963, USA):
Scott Colley, the bassist choice for such jazz legends as Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill and Michael Brecker. His remarkably empathetic skills, strong melodic sense and improvisational abilities have served him well in groups led by colleagues Chris Potter, John Scofield, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney and Kenny Werner. Furthermore Colley has a list of releases as leader to his name. These features musicians like Bill Frisell, Mark Turner, Ralph Alessi and many more.
Brian Blade (b. 1970, USA):
Brian Blade has established himself as one of the most important drummers of the 21st century. His exceptional abilities behind the drums has given Blade the opportunity to work with who’s who within both jazz and other rythmic genres. To name a few, Blade has cooperated with Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, and in the jazz world he has been a regular member og both Wayne Shorter’s- and Herbie Hancock’s bands. Lastly Blade has been very succesful with his own projects; The Fellowship Band and Mama Rosa.
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