Scott Colley (US) / Benjamin Koppel, The Duo


Scott Colley (US) - double bass
Benjamin Koppel - saxophone

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018 - 21:00
30/20 PLN

After having worked in a number of different musical settings, super bassist Scott Colley and top saxophonist Benjamin Koppel, two long time friends and music associates, have finally teamed up in a setting of their dreams – the duo.
Jazz is an art based on communication and dialogue. Between musicians on stage, and between the artists and the audience. And who better to preserve and develop the art form of jazz than two of the most exquisite and eminent virtuosoes on the scene today – Colley and Koppel.
Standing on the shoulders of friends from an earlier generation, namely Danish bass legend Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen and saxophone innovator Lee Konitz, Colley and Koppel are inspired by two historic saxophone/bass-duo albums: the unforgettable Lee Konitz/Red Mitchell album ”I Concentrate on You” (1976) and the equally amazing Archie Shepp/Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen album, ”Looking at Bird” (1980).

Both demonstrate the incredible potential a duo formation can offer when in the hands of the right musicians.

NYC based Scott Colley, five-year Herbie Hancock Group bassist, is one of the most in-demand bass players on the international jazz scene today. He began his career playing with jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Carmen McRae, and has worked with the who’s who in jazz, as well as releasing eight albums as a leader.

COPENHAGEN based Benjamin Koppel, one of the most award-winning saxophonists of his generation, has 50 albums to his name and has worked and recorded with jazz greats like Paul Bley, Phil Woods and Randy Brecker. His long-time musical relationship with pianist Kenny Werner has produced more than 10 albums with names like Lionel Loueke, Bobby Watson and Joe Lovano.
Together, Scott Colley and Benjamin Koppel have worked intensively with a trio since 2012, the Koppel-Colley-Blade Collective together with drummer Brian Blade. The trio has two albums to its name and a third recording with a symphony orchestra is soon to be released.
Colley and Koppel have an immediate and almost telepathic mutual music understanding and their collaboration have led them to collaborations with the likes of Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, Al Foster, and many others. They like to challenge each other with new compositions written especially for their individual sound and approach, and both enjoy working in the creative space between thoroughly composed and freely improvised music.
In 2018 they will release a number of CDs together with musicians including Jack deJohnette, Ralph Alessi, John Patitucci and Kenny Werner as well as new trio releases with the Koppel-Colley-Blade Collective.
But this time they are out on their own – as a duo with only their two instruments and their great musicality and deep musical friendship to accompany them. And thus everyone is in for a treat, when two giant music forces join on the stage to further explore and develop the art of music-based communication.