Benoit Martiny


New Album out now: reviews on the cosmic release

April 4, 2016

Review from click here to read.

Review from Tageblatt click here to read.

BMB 10 years anniversary

April 8, 2015

BMB 10 years anniversary party concert coming up the 29th of may in “de gudde wellen”. Get your tickets already now here under “upcoming events’.

The Grand Cosmic Journey

June 10, 2014


Through the years, drummer Benoit Martiny developed with his bandmates an original musical style influenced by the mid-1960s. The Benoît Martiny Band was First Prize Winner of the 2008 Amersfoort Jazz Talent Award, and has been performing in many different venues in Europe and Japan.

Powered by the internationally recognized musical talents of clarinetist Michel Pilz, saxophonist Roby Glod and keyboardist Leon den Engelsen, The Grand Cosmic Journey extends the BMB experience back to this period when free jazz gave birth to krautrock.

The project is an attempt to revisit these golden years where music broke the boundaries of art and cultures, where music was imagined by some of the most innovative composers and sound designers of these last decades, such as Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Jimi Hendrix, Hermeto Pascoal, and Frank Zappa.

Newsarticle May 2014

May 10, 2014

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Formed in summer 2004, the roots of the Benoit Martiny Band (shortBMB) are in a Garage in the small village of Rameldange, Luxembourg. The band plays an insane kind of rock-jazz written by Benoit Martiny himself, who is very inspired by rock and jazz music of the 60ies and 70ies. The mighty BMB is, since 10 years now, jazz’n`rolling around the world and has released 4 albums and a Live DVD.

Apart from touring all over Europe, BMB was nominated for the Dutch Jazzcompetition in 2005 and won the Amersfoort Jazztalent award in 2008. In 2013 the band had the opportuity to finally tour Japan. Over the years, BMB invited several guests to join them for different projects, songs or albums. On their last album `Trauerspill` for example, they worked with producer Alejandro Londono and had, among others, Mark Lotterman sing a couple of tunes.

Their latest project also includes a few special guests to extend the BMB experience.Under the name of “The grand cosmic journey” BMB are joined by supersax player Roby Glod, Keyboarder Leon den Engelsen and living Bassclarinet legend Michel Pilz.

  • Benoit Martiny – Drums
  • Sandor Kem – Bass
  • Frank Jonas – Guitar
  • Jasper van Damme – Altosax
  • Joao Driessen – Tenorsax



Review of Luxembourg Jazz Meeting Sept 2012:

“Le Benoît Martiny Band est un quintet à deux saxes, contrebasse et guitare au son très rock, mené par un batteur leader à l’énergie inépuisable, et qui distille une sorte de rock/blues puissant et lyrique strié de solos flamboyants des souffleurs et du guitariste. Tout cela flirte joyeusement avec le jazz, le funk …”.

Thierry Quénum, Jazzmagazine

Review of BMB at the Manchester Jazzfestival July 28th 2013:

“Having already checked out the Benoit Martiny Band in advance as part of mine and Jane’s jazz festival preview radio show, I was intrigued to see how they would go down, reason being that they’re ‘full­on’ to say the least. I’m happy to report they went down phenomenally well. It was in your face stuff for sure, but at the same time it was so strong, powerful, well rehearsed and well written that it grabbed the audience right from the off. It was hard not to be taken with the sheer energy and enthusiasm of it all. The set started with some mystical almost tribal drumming from Martiny on drums, soon making way for generous amounts of fuzz bass from Sandor Kem and big power chords from guitarist Frank Jonas. The first few tracks reminded me of early era King Crimson and Soft Machine with a little Black Sabbath thrown in for good measure. ‘Carousel’ from their new album was more of a groover, topped off with a really strong duo sax hookline played crisply by Joao Driessen on tenor and Jasper Van Damme on alto. Both horns players were real ear­grabbing improvisers too, assisted by the rock solid grounding of the fantastically tight combination of Martiny and Kem. The sense of expert dynamic variation and control was handled especially well on this track. The fast swing of ‘Don’t Leave a Message’ showed the band weren’t only about heavy jazz rock, Kem switching from electric to acoustic double bass to woodify the sound. ‘My Favourite Painkiller’ came complete with some fab echo scratchy guitar atmospherics and a free jazz section leading to a punctuated deep blues riff. Van Damme made good use of the latter to burn us up with some fiery alto playing. Manchester’s Town Hall bells sounded over the decaying chords of final track ‘Funeral’ to complete this brilliant set perfectly.”

Review Völklinger Jazzhuette:

“Erinnerungen an die 70er Jahre keimten am Freitag beim Völklinger Hütten­Jazz. Der künstlerische Leiter Oliver Strauch hatte die junge Band um den Luxemburger Schlagzeuger Benoit Martiny zu der Feierabendreihe ans Bistro B 40 am Eingang des Weltkulturerbes geladen. Das Quintett aus dem Ort Rameldenge, das durch Europa tourt und bereits drei Alben veröffentlichte, überraschte die Hüttenjazz­Gemeinde mit einem üppigen Breitwandsound, der von der verzerrten Gitarre von Frank Gones dominiert wurde – er legte hier fette Akkordmatten aus. Das rhythmische Fundament bildeten kraftvolle funkrockige Muster von Bassist Sandor Kem und vom Schlagmann und Combochef Benoit Martiny. Abgerundet wurde die wie in den besten Pioniertagen des Jazzrock vor vier Jahrzehnten tönende Musik vom kernigen Gebläse mit Joao Driessen (Tenorsaxofon) und Jasper van Damme (Altsaxofon). Die beiden Saxofonisten traten besonders in temporeichen Bebop­Passagen in den Fokus, mit denen Gevatter Jazz sich hier kurzzeitig die angestammte Szenerie sozusagen zurückeroberte. Über weite Strecken bewegte sich das Geschehen freilich in Gefilden, in denen sich Freunde eines deftig groovenden Rock wohlfühlen konnten. Dabei fehlte es durchaus nicht an lyrischen, ja meditativen Passagen etwa mit filigranen bluesigen Slide­Einlagen des Gitarristen. Da sich ohrenfällige Einfälle und Wendungen als verbindendes Glied durch die gesamte Konzertstunde zogen, blieb die hochkarätige Musik der Benoit Martiny Band trotz zahlreicher komplexer Details im Großen und Ganzen breitenkompatibel. Kenner und Genießer kamen gleichermaßen auf ihre Kosten. Das Hüttenjazz-Auditorium jedenfalls war angetan und erklatschte nach dem einem dröhnenden psychedelischen Klang rausch ähnelnden Finale entzückt Zugaben.”

Saarbrückner Zeitung 05.08.2013



The Grand Cosmic Journey - CD/DVD - 2016

  • 1. Spiritual Revolution - 10:42
  • 2. Not Just A Fling - 5:47play
  • 3. Cosmic Journey - 5:24play
  • 4. Alone - 9:02
  • 5. Don't Leave a Message - 6:10play
  • 6. Hectic Fantastic - 8:12
  • 7. Funeral II - 7:07

Are You Isolated? - DVD - 2014

Trauerspill - 2013

  • 1. Dead And Gone - 5:32play
  • 2. Firestone Salads - 5:55
  • 3. Carrousel - 3:58
  • 4. F The W - 4:33play
  • 5. Don't Leave a Message - 6:09play
  • 6. My Favorite Painkiller - 5:39
  • 7. Just As Real - 5:04
  • 8. Funeral - 8:19play

Isolation Nation - 2010

  • 1. Who called the cops? - 4:06play
  • 2. Suicide City - 6:07
  • 3. Bombay Hideout - 4:51
  • 4. Exile Island - 4:42play
  • 5. Seriously funked up - 6:55
  • 6. Isolation Nation - 5:54

Benoit Martiny Band - 2008

  • 1. Present Dance - 4:42play
  • 2. The Devli On My Trail - 9:03
  • 3. Seriously Damaged - 2:42
  • 4. Silent Phones - 9:22
  • 5. Katrina's Voodoo - 4:32
  • 6. Out Of The Bubble - 6:52play
  • 7. The Most Relaxed Cows In The Wold Live In India - 6:37
  • 8. No Choice - 3:00
  • 9. Invasion - 8:39play

Jazz Goes Garage - 2005

  • 1. Bushfire - 4:55play
  • 2. Running in Circles - 7:04
  • 3. Jazz 'n' Roll - 5:32play
  • 4. Irene's Descision- 2:50
  • 5. The Garage Blues - 6:05play
  • 6. Winter Hope - 6:06
  • 7. Traveling - 1:11
  • 8. Spritual Revolution - 16:50


The devil on my trail – Live at Trifolion

Suicide city – Live at Melusina

Isolation Nation Video Clip

Seriously funked up – Live at Melusina


Sep 22 2016 - 21:00

Club Tour
De 2 Spieghels - Leiden
The Netherlands

Sep 23 2016 - 18:30

Club Tour
Freak show festival - Wuerzburg

Sep 24 2016 - t.b.a

Club Tour
t.b.a. - t.b.a.

Sep 25 2016 - t.b.a

Club Tour
Centre Logopedie - Strassen

Sep 26 2016 - 20:00

Club Tour
Matrix - Rotterdam

View Past Dates

Feb 26 2016 - 20:00

BMB's Grand Cosmic Journey
Opderschmelz - Dudelange

Sep 06 2015 - t.b.a

Live in Caracas
t.b.a. - Caracas

Sep 05 2015 - t.b.a

Psicosound fest
Psicosound fest - Maracay

Sep 04 2015 - 21:00

Barquisimeto Jazzfestival
Barquisimeto Jazzfestival - Barquisimeto

Jul 25 2015 - t.b.a

Blues and Jazzrallye - Luxembourg-city

May 29 2015 - 21:00

BMB 10 years anniversary party
de Gudde Wellen - Luxembourg-city

May 30 2014 - 20:00

Open Air - Idar-Oberstein

May 09 2014 - 21:00

The Grand Cosmic Journey
Opderschmelz - Dudelange

Mar 01 2014 - 22:00

Are you Isolated-release
Independant Cafe - Luxembourg

Nov 03 2013 - 20:00

Trauertour 2013
B-Flat - Berlin

Oct 26 2013 - 20:00

Trauertour 2013
Jazzmeile - Nordhausen

Sep 08 2013 - 15:00

Trauertour 2013
Jazz in Crooswijk - Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Sep 07 2013 - 22:00

Trauertour 2013
Dag um Weier - Steinfort

Aug 25 2013 - 13:00

Trauertour 2013
Sapporo Jazzfestival - Sapporo

Aug 23 2013 - 22:00

Trauertour 2013
Space Bubble - Mito





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