Since 2007, Benjamin Herman has been playing twice a month at the De Kring in Amsterdam. Several of his albums, including Campert, Hypochristmastreefuzz and Café Solo, resulted directly from his musical activities at this legendary arts society. His latest album Live has Herman and his quartet playing on the occasion of De Kring’s 90th anniversary. His previous album Café Solo already included two tracks of those recordings and now, due to popular demand, the other tracks have been made available. Live also features two tracks from a concert Herman gave with his trio in November 2013 during Jazzfest at Amsterdam’s Studio/K.

Besides his usual rhythm section of Ernst Glerum and Joost Patočka, Herman is accompanied by the Spanish pianist Miguel Rodríguez, who has been the house pianist for De Kring sessions for the last 1.5 years. The track Rednose Distrikt also features the formidable Joris Roelofs on bass clarinet.