November 26, 2015

‘Swing de Paris’ EP with The Robin Nolan Trio

Out now! Benjamin Herman and Robin Nolan Trio’s new EP ‘Swing De Paris’. Challenging sessions for Herman, who opens up a whole new chapter in his extensive oeuvre with this disc.

Benjamin Herman was always a Robin Nolan fan. Now twenty years on they are playing together. Here he presents six tracks recorded with the Nolan trio in 1940s Hot Club de France style.

Inspired by Django Reinhardt, Robin Nolan is an institution in the Gypsy Jazz scene. In the Netherlands he has worked with Janne Schra, Wouter Hamel, Kim Hoorweg and many more. Nolan was a close friend of George Harrison, has often played with Bill Wyman and keeps the innovative tradition of the Gypsy Jazz genre alive.

The rhythm section is Robin’s brother Kevin Nolan op guitar and Arnoud van den Berg on bass.

Benjamin: “This music is fantastic. I’ve been fascinated by it since I can remember. It’s also quite difficult; I had to relearn how to improvise. It requires a different kind of timing and rhythmic approach. Everything is much more on the beat, which is certainly not the case in the kind of jazz I usually play. A real learning experience for me. Wouter sang on his track in the same area we were playing, which gives the recording an authentic character and whetted our appetite for more. I can’t wait to get on stage and play live with these guys!”

‘Swing De Paris’ is available digitally from Friday, 27 November via Spotify, iTunes and Deezer. Order now via Bandcamp.

Benjamin Herman and the Robin Nolan Trio are also performing their new material live. Two shows are planned this autumn, with additional dates to follow in 2016.

28 November 2015 – Glazen Zaal, The Hague
27 December 2015 – Beauforthuis, Austerlitz