"CLICHES (FOR ANOTHER DAY) is a CD that crackles with energy, talent & originality."
Recorded totally live in a few hours, this album of liberated jazz has a vibrancy and urgency rare even for this genre. Escorted by a crack team of Roger Crosdale - Saxophone, Chris Dodd - Bass, and Nick France - Drums, Benet McLean generates an environment conclusive to creativity, drawing on every drop of nuance from material & band-mates. Appreciation of the tunes, starting with "Tempo X", only grows as recognized by Humphrey Lyttleton, who has featured Benet on his BBC Radio 2 show. A STORMER !!
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Early as it comes, I expect this to become my UK album of the year. Pianist-singer-rapper-composer Benet McLean is not young enough to be described as a new discovery but he seems to have been making giant strides lately. On these tracks he’s positively bursting with talent and energy; simply sensational.
Whichever historical chapter he feels like opening, his playing is personal, driven and passionate. There’s no covers-feeling, it’s all Benet McLean. To my ears nobody has incorporated rap into jazz more successfully than he does.
The moods change from funky to stormy to brooding near-silences, eased along by assured and ever-creative piano comping. This album is an extroardinary achievement that would raise eyebrows internationally if Benet had a recording and distribution deal. Get hold of a copy, check it out, marvel and enjoy.
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