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Ben McDonnell: Aleph Trio

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Guitarist Ben McDonnell's Aleph Trio takes its name from a story by Jorge Luis Borge involving a poet who “discovers a point in space which contains all other points." Aleph Trio, likewise, explores and exploits all points present within McDonnell's compositions on its self-titled debut EP. Cyclical thoughts, complex colors, light and airy textures, and dark and brooding pathways are all present during this brief and compelling production. Some of the music is episodic and kaleidoscopic in nature ("The Ghats"), while other pieces are built around the idea of the ever-looping pattern or progression; McDonnell keeps the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ben McDonnell: Aleph Trio

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Featuring the building blocks of free improvisation and an earthy rock music persuasion, London based guitarist Ben McDonnell presents his engaging Aleph Trio, a bold set that's both aesthetically pure and melodically pleasing. Its in-the-moment vibe feels like a live studio recording that highlights the trio's vigor, inventiveness, and cohesiveness. The set maintains its intimacy and rawness found in the opener “A Walk In The Rain" where McDonnell's deft facility of combining complex chord structures, exploring runs, and nifty harmonic finger taps reveal an accomplished artist/composer that can combine memorable songs with edgy themes as evinced in ...



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