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Daniel Bennett: Saxophone Man

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Daniel Bennett grew up in Rochester, New York and is now based in New York. The fourth and latest album from The Daniel Bennett Group, Clockhead Goes To Camp has had positive reviews and is a resounding success. The group are busy playing all through the festive season with many gigs in libraries and small venues across the US. Though he concentrates mainly on saxophone, Daniel also plays a range of instruments including flute, oboe and clarinet. However, in spite of being a shy kid, he was also tenacious. If he had not been , he may have ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: Clockhead Goes to Camp

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Clockhead Goes to Camp, by the Daniel Bennett Group, is a refreshing album in its originality, positivity, and apparent simplicity. There are many ways in which this is not a typical jazz album. The instrumentation is one of them. Fronted by Daniel Bennett on saxophone and clarinet, a prominent percussion background, folk inspired guitar, and a rumbling upright bass--this album could easily be filed under any number of categories in the record store.Of the 13 tracks, all originals, the majority are between two and four minutes long. However, it is precisely the concise and understated nature of the ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: Clockhead Goes to Camp

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Colleague Sammy Stein said of Clockhead Goes to Camp: “Clockhead Goes to Camp is an album which is easy to listen to but not easy listening. The tone is light, mellow and uplifting yet it has enough depth to give many surprises." These adjectives all describe Daniel Bennett's music. More globally, this is music devoid of dark gravity, meaning while the music is deep it is not negatively so. This is positive, whimsical music that smiles. it is exploratory with no concern of where it may end up. The opening tune, “The Old Muskrat" ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: Clockhead Goes to Camp

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Reedman Daniel Bennett's Clockhead Goes to Camp is a crystallization of the motifs explored in his previous work. The thirteen short tracks--the longest clocking at less than six minutes--are concise, crisp and deceptively simple. The intriguingly surreal ambience results from the mixture of international folk influences and futuristic minimalism.“Last Summer At Camp Creepy" is imbued with Levantine mysticism, with Bennett unfurling a poetic and passionate tale over the percussive tones of the rhythm section. Bassist Peter Brendler's oud-like lyrical strumming enhances the Middle Eastern atmosphere.Drummer Tyson Stubelek's rumbling, Latin-inspired beats anchor Bennett's muscular yet spontaneous flights ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: Clockhead Goes to Camp

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Manhattan based saxophonist Daniel Bennett graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2004 and since then has made ever increasing waves as a composer, band leader and woodwind player in the New York theatre scene. Clockhead Goes To Camp is the Daniel Bennett Group's fourth album, following the success of the 2011 Peace and Stability Among Bears (Bennett Alliance Records). Bennett's music was described by the Boston Herald as “exploratory folk-jazz hybrid," but this album shows Bennett's playing has matured.With a change of personnel apart from Bennett, the Daniel Bennett Group now has a sense of identity and ...

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Daniel Bennett: The Bear Truth

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Whether considered a member of Generation X or Y, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/composer and bandleader Daniel Bennett's career certainly is indicative of how many young artists' careers are ascending with the advent of the internet. But Daniel has a measured cynicism towards balancing live performance with the wonders of tech. Moreover what is also refreshing about this young musician is his candor. He readily admits to being very raw when his career began in earnest only a few years ago, not even wanting to initially call himself a jazz artist--though he does say he combined the twang of Bill Frisell's ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: Peace And Stability Among Bears

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The album art (a bear bedecked in Wild West accouterments) and song titles ("Farmer Joe Was A Bear," “Dogs Of Our Time") of Daniel Bennett Group's Peace & Stability Among Bears promise a good--if cartoonish--time. What's going on in the music, however, is something altogether different. The quartet performance led by reeds player Bennett sounds light at first blush but is, in fact, pretty weighty business, welcoming and aesthetically coherent. Three elements of this success have nothing to do with bear sheriffs.First is the musical formula. Several of the tunes begin with Chris Hersch's solo electric guitar, playing ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: Peace And Stability Among Bears

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The Daniel Bennett Group's trio of bear-related albums, the “Bear Thompson Trilogy," reaches its lovably eccentric conclusion with Peace And Stability Among Bears, a delightful collection of Americana-flavored jazz tunes. The trilogy started with 2007's A Nation Of Bears and 2008's The Legend Of Bear Thompson (both on Bennett Alliance), but while all three are linked by reeds player/composer Bennett--and, of course, bears--the lineup has changed a little over time. This album features a quartet, with guitarist Chris Hersch, bassist Jason Davis and drummer Rick Landwehr bringing their talents to the project. The pervading mood is one ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: Peace & Stability Among Bears

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Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Bennett concludes his trilogy of fables about bears, deepening his unique mixture of jazz, folk, minimalism and trance musics with Peace & Stability Among Bears. Following melodic exploration as the main idea, Bennett combines lightness and subtlety with dreamlike passages that define his particular sound universe. Entertaining and complex, Peace & Stability Among Bears keeps pouring fresh ideas into the jazz world. Polyphony, catchy melodies, African-tinged percussion and open door folk atmospheres all form part of an organic album that always keeps moving. Peace and Stability Among Bears is happy album--laidback and optimistic, but never fully ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: Peace & Stability Among Bears

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Daniel Bennett GroupPeace & Stability Among BearsBennett Alliance2010 The New York-based Daniel Bennett Group has released its third “bear album," Peace & Stability Among Bears (Bennett Alliance, 2010). The disc is the last in a trilogy of what the former Bostonian describes as a “trilogy of fables" that follows the progress of a group of fictional bears. The two earlier releases were notable for their bright and mobile music, and a sparky adventure story touch. This album continues the adventure, involving at least in part a quest for the “lost treasure ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: The Legend Of Bear Thompson

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Daniel Bennett GroupThe Legend Of Bear ThompsonBennett Alliance2008Acoustic guitar and alto saxophone form a key part of Boston saxophonist Daniel Bennett's musical recipe, and the combination informs the pleasingly melodic The Legend Of Bear Thompson. The lineup is Bennett on alto saxophone and flute, Brant Grieshaber on acoustic guitar and Sean Jefferson drums. The sound is light on percussion, and indeed Bennett did not have a drummer between 2004 and 2006. As he observes, the group's music spans jazz, folk and the minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich. ...



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