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Ben Wendel: Frame

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There is a beautiful and mysterious quality to multi-instrumentalist Ben Wendel's Frame. It is as if the hot breath from one of his horns has blown some ancient film away to reveal an iridescent object that begins to oscillate and spin, changing colors and hues, mesmerizing as it spins and swings with uncharacteristic swagger. All this seems both real and unreal as Wendel's singular, hypnotic voice unfurls. The saxophonist inhabits a sound as close to singing through the reed as is humanly possible. In so doing, he has perfected vocalizing in the manner of Nat “King" Cole combined with Ben ...

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Ben Wendel: Simple Song

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Reedman Ben Wendel plays music that sings in different idioms. He has collaborated with the renowned conductor, Kent Nagano in a series of concerts in Germany, and has toured with Cuban drummer, Ignacio Berroa, electronica artist, Daedelus and rapper, Snoop Dog. He is also founding member of the indefinable band, Kneebody, which has been described as imparting an epic trans-generational gravity. On Simple Song, which is anything but simple in its approach to the idiom of jazz, Wendel sweeps across a sonic landscape with invention that manfully picks up where giants like John Coltrane left off and flies into musical ...



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