Alto saxophonist Benjamin Herman is unstoppable. After his albumCampert was awarded an Edison (Dutch Grammy Award) he recentlyproduced yet another fantastic CD: Hypochristmastreefuzz. This timethe source of inspiration for the album was the work of theavant-garde veteran pianist/composer Misha Mengelberg. In 2000,Herman (1968) also recorded a live album of pieces of thisavant-garde musician. The wonderful thing about this project is -this time recorded live - its great variation. Herman and hisensemble sometimes play virtually free pieces, but you can onoccasion hear a bit of kwela music or a very sentimental track. Butthe most important component is the playing of Benjamin Hermanhimself. Slowly, it is beginning to take on a majestic form,regardless of whether he is playing with the New Cool Collective(check out the recent DVD Live in Luxor with Jules Deelder!) orwith the line-up of Hypochristmastreefuzz, with whom he will beperforming at the festival.