Tommy Babin's Benzene

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Vancouver-based bassist and composer Tommy Babin is an explosive display of instrumental interplay, free improvisation, and loose song structures that bring to mind the controlled chaos of late Mingus, Ornette Coleman, or John Zorn's Naked City. Like Zorn, Babin seems unconcerned with genre restraints.

Babin named his band “Benzene” and the music certainly has a lot in common with that highly-flammable industrial listen like the greatest abstract jazz, punk, and noise-rock. Read more on Last.fm More Info »
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Tommy Babin's Benzene. Artist Bio

Vancouver-based bassist and composer Tommy Babin is an explosive display of instrumental interplay, free improvisation, and loose song structures that bring to mind the controlled chaos of late Mingus, Ornette Coleman, or John Zorn's Naked City. Like Zorn, Babin seems unconcerned with genre restraints.

Babin named his band “Benzene” and the music certainly has a lot in common with that highly-flammable industrial listen like the greatest abstract jazz, punk, and noise-rock. Much of the music's propulsion comes from the impression that it might fall apart or explode at any moment. When it does finally crash and burn it does so gloriously.

While firmly rooted in modal jazz, "Benzene" melds elements of noise-rock, greasy funk, Afro-pop, and aleatoric music, making for a spastic, “in-your-face” boundary-pushing listen full of unexpected detours.

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