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10/10/2007 JEAN TOUSSAINT (U.S. Saxophonist, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers 1983-88)

BENET McLEAN is one of the finest pianists on the modern jazz horizon. He has a thorough grasp of history with eyes and ears tuned to future sounds. Look for great things from this young man.


11/09/2007 THE STANDARD

Quality, up-beat entertainment that will appeal to music-lovers of all ages. Piano virtuoso BENET McLEAN will be providing an evening of cutting-edge entertainment with his talented quartet. How many of us can say that we have had to choose between becoming a solo concert violinist or a proffesional jazz musician at the age of 20?! It seems he made the right decision, because he has gone from strength to strength; performing with a number of high-profile bands at equally distinguished venues, such as The Vortex and the Barbican. . . . . McLEAN's mixture of swing, hip-hop, jazz and classical music never fails to enthuse and excite.


20/08/2007 PETER SWANN (Owner of one of the U.K.'s premier Jazz Venues)- "THE SANDS VENUE"

We can't wait to have the BENET McLEAN Quartet here with us; it isn't often that you get to see a group with so much extraordinary talent!


01/02/2007 THE VORTEX- Jazz Review

BENET McLEAN, despite my sniffiness about the suspiciously glib nature of the pre-publicity tag 'bebop to hip-hop', produced almost precisely that musical mixture. McLEAN himself is a class act: apparently capable of playing anything he can concieve in what is an extremely fertile musical imagination, he shone in all his solo passages, particularly in ballad material, which enabled him to stretch out harmonically and rhythmically until the resulting playing had all the startling cogency and coherence of spontanious composition rather than extemporised embellishment.


15/11/2006 TIME OUT

Muscular contemporary jazz. . . . a fine quartet.


15/11/2006 TIME OUT Magazine

Muscular contemporary jazz. A fine quartet.


11/11/2006 GEOFFREY SMITH (on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Record Requests)

. . . And we start off 'wailing' with a new piano star BENET McLEAN. This is 'Hip16t' . . . <<(plays Hip16t)>> . . . Benet McLean & his quartet taking some giant steps in 2004. 'Hip16t' was Benet's tune, with himself ferocious at the piano, Roger Crosdale- tenor, Chris Dodd at the bass & Nic France on drums.


07/11/2006 THE GUARDIAN

Fast-rising young pianist BENET McLEAN has a piano technique that seems to bring Art Tatum's music into the 21st century, drawing on classiacal music, postbop, hip-hop and beyond.


15/10/2006 DJANGO BATES (U.K. Pianist, Composer)

I spend my days hoping someone will ask me to recommend a rapper who can play piano like Art Tatum. Then I'll be able to say, "Sure, here's Benet McLean's number, and by the way he has a great vibe and can really sing too."


20/09/2006 COURTNEY PINE (U.K. Saxophonist on BBC Radio 2's Jazz Crusade)

Extremely talented and soon to emerge as a major player on the world stage is pianist & vocalist BENET McLEAN. This young man's love for jazz is so deep that he HAD to put it onto CD. Mad skills!


20/08/2006 KEITH AMES (MUSICIAN Magazine)

Recorded totally live in a few hours, this album of liberated jazz has a vibrancy & urgency rare even for this genre. Escorted by a crack team of Roger Crosdale- Saxophone, Chris Dodd- Bass & Nic France- Drums, Benet Mclean generates an environment condusive to creativity, drawing every drop of nuance from material & band-mates. Appreciation of the tunes, starting with "Tempo X", only grows as recognized by Humphrey Lyttleton, who has featured Benet on his Radio 2 show.
A stormer!!


19/08/2006 JACK MASSARIK (BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-up Show)

U.K. Jazz fans can no longer ignore the sounds of rap now that accomplished musicians like BENET McLEAN are incorparating it so skilfully into their albums. Check this album out!!


15/05/2006 JULIAN JOSEPH (U.K. Pianist, Composer)

BENET McLEAN is a rare breed of musician; He sings with gusto, verve & energy, & applies these same qualities to his piano playing which is of Herculean proportions. A true virtuoso from the Art Tatum point of view, he can shine on his own & with a band. His ensemble playing combines impressive influences from the 19th & 20th century classical piano tradition into the influence of pianist Kenny Kirkland, with a huge respect for Bebop.
But McLean is also possessed with the ability to combine these influences with Hip-hop & contemporary musics into contemporary Jazz of the highest order. Benet McLean is musically fearless with the facility & skill to back it up!
Watch this guy, he is a massive talent.
Julian Joseph


24/04/2006 HUMPHREY LYTTLETON (U.K. Trumpeter and Broadcaster)

'CLICHES (FOR ANOTHER DAY)' is a CD that crackles with energy, talent & originality.


05/03/2006 STEVE WILLIAMSON (U.K. Saxophonist & Composer)

BENET is an improvisor with a natural & fluid approach. His compositions are rich in colour and mature......'CLICHES (FOR ANOTHER DAY)' is a great album.


29/01/2006 PHILLIP BENT (U.K. Flautist)

An incredible musical mind which is a great gift when combined with his excellent piano playing.


15/01/2006 ALEX GARNETT (U.K. Saxophonist)

An evil genius !!!


09/05/2005 DENNIS ROLLINS (Bad Bone & Co.)

From his heart to the tips of his fingers, BENET takes the listener on a magical, musical journey . . . . . Genius.


30/12/2004 HOAGY B. CARMICHAEL (Son of famed U.S. Songwriter HOAGY CARMICHAEL)

BENET McLEAN is a special talent and a genius.


17/11/2002 PETER MARSH (BBC Jazz CD Review)

Pianist BENET McLEAN is both a sensitive group player and a gifted soloist. His improvisations are vibrant percussive flashes of colour, full of trills and slurs, concise & witty. McLean launches himself into a McCoy Tyner-esque improvisation full of colourful chordal splashes and tumbling runs.



....The most ear catching instrumental contribution comes from BENET McLEAN's inventive pianism and vibrant touch at the keyboard. He creates a big impression!



McLEAN's jazz piano playing is very special.


05/09/2001 THE GUARDIAN

Fingers began dancing over his piano keys.


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