Samm Bennett
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Krentz Ratings:
Metafunctional (1983), 5.5/10
Chop Sockey (1985), 6/10
Life of Crime (1991), 5.5/10
The Big Off (1993), 5/10
History of the Last Five Minutes (1995), 5/10
Cold Blowaway Sizeup (1997), 5.5/10
Ready Question (1999), 6/10
Jook Parachute (2000), 5/10
Ellipsis (2002), 5/10
Are You Be (2002), 5.5/10

New York-based drummer Samm Bennett (1957), co-founder with Elliott Sharp and Ned Rothenberg of Semantics and Carbon, member of Bosho in 1985 with Kumiko Kimoto and Yuval Gabay (and later guitarist Hahn Rowe), that recorded Chop Socky (november 1985 - Dossier, 1987 - Atonal, 1991), and a staple of the free improvised music scene (Curlew, Shelley Hirsch, Don Byron, Yoshihide Otomo, Yumiko Tanaka, Zeena Parkins, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, Christian Marclay, Tadahiko Yokogawa, Yoshimitsu Ichiraku, Tom Cora), debuted on record with the solo percussion album Metafunctional (may 1983 - Igloo, 1984). But his soul was elsewhere, as his schizoid career proved. On one hand, he embarked in Skist, a duo with Haruna Ito that wed percussions with sampling and electronics, which released Ready Question (1999 - S-inc, 2000), Jook Parachute (S-inc, 2000), Ellipsis (Polarity, 2002). On the other hand, he vented his singer-songwriter ambitions on Life of Crime (Knitting Factory, 1991), The Big Off (Knitting Factory, 1993) and History of the Last Five Minutes (march 1995 - Factory Outlet, 1995), virtually a duo with guitarist Hahn Rowe.

Relocating to Tokyo in 1996, Bennett formed Gone Wrong, featuring Ground Zero's Yumiko Tanaka.

Notable among his collaborations are the live Cold Blowaway Sizeup (february 1997 - Psycho, 2000) with Kazuhisa Uchihashi, and Are You Be (february 2002 - Animul, 2002) documents a collaboration with Ned Rothenberg and Kazuhisa Uchihashi.

Bennett performed the 40-minute suite Oscillendulum (2005, released 15 years later) on a vintage Roland synthesizer Juno 60.

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