straight-ahead hard bop
V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010
Is That Surf Music?
The fearless fun of Benjamin Herman’s Dutch jazz
Don’t let the suit and tie fool you. Alto saxophonist Benjamin Herman, voted the Best Dressed Dutchman of 2008 by Esquire magazine, may favor the buttoned-up look of fashionably tailored threads, but he’s one of the most unbuttoned players on the jazz scene today. Herman seems ready to play anything, anytime—as long as everyone involved is having a good time and ready to dance.