Drummer Han Bennink, bassist Ernst Glerum and pianist MichielBorstlap, three giants on their own turf. When former Philips bossCor Boonstra suggested they should record a CD at his house, thekindred spirits immediately took up his offer. The result was thewell-received album Monk Vol. 1. On it the three sublimely honoredthe heritage of pianist Thelonious Monk, in a very special way. Forexample, Bennink only plays on his snare drum on all pieces.
The BBG trio has been creating a name for themselves since 1997;they were already playing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1998.They have also performed in the States and Australia. Theirindividual improvisation talents have been amalgamated into anexciting collective that is controlled by the moment. Glerum playshis double bass like no other, Bennink directs in his very own wayand Borstlap demonstrates he is a master of timing. This is whatmakes this trio so special.