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Live Review

The Ben Paterson Trio At The Jazz Corner

Read "The Ben Paterson Trio At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie


Ben Paterson Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC May 10-11, 2019 The Ben Paterson Trio set off with the lilting Ray Brown tune “FSR" (For Sonny Rollins). By the time they had finished the very first piece the audience was fully engaged in the performance. Paterson often includes soulful blues in his sets and likes to sing some of the numbers. Next, they played “Nobody Knows You When You're Down ...

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Album Review

Ben Paterson: Live at Van Gelder's

Read "Live at Van Gelder's" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Jazz organ trios have been with us for well over half a century now with not much change in nature or design. There are basically two explicit issues that any such band must address: has it chosen its material with care, and even more to the point, does it swing. Happily, organist Ben Paterson's tight-knit group scores quite well in both areas--and as a bonus, Paterson's trio was recorded for an audience (of thirty-five) at the late Rudy Van Gelder's ...

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Ben Paterson: Live at Van Gelder's

Read "Live at Van Gelder's" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Following up his very well-received recordings That Old Feeling (Cellar Live Records, 2018) and For Once in My Life (Origin Records, 2015), Ben Paterson enters the sanctum santorium of jazz recording, Rudy Van Gelder's Studio in Hackensack, NJ. Having collided somewhere with saxophonist/entrepreneur Cory Weeds, the two initiate an idea perfect to the pair's hard bop sensibilities and something we can hope Weeds is considering for future recordings, hopefully a Cellar Live series with much more music like this.

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Album Review

Ben Paterson: For Once in My Life

Read "For Once in My Life" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For Once in My Life is Ben Paterson's fourth album as a leader but first as an organist. In his native jny: Philadelphia--home to such giants of the Hammond as Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Charles Earland and Joey DeFrancesco--Paterson was known as a pianist. He began doubling on organ while living in jny: Chicago, and by the time he moved to jny: New York City in 2013 was gigging regularly on organ and piano all over Manhattan, from Harlem in ...

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Album Review

Ben Paterson: For Once in My Life

Read "For Once in My Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


For his fourth recording, organist Ben Paterson returns to the North West Coast Origin label with For Once in My Life. He employs a standard organ-guitar-drums combo for eleven standards and originals that allows the crack trio he shares with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummerGeorge Fludas to fully explore the more modern sonic aspects of this popular jazz- blues-funk format. Blending the musical traditions of his native Philadelphia and his current Chicago home Paterson errs on the side of the ...

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Album Review

Ben Paterson Trio: Breathing Space

Read "Breathing Space" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


If Ben Paterson and his trio had come along in a different time, they might have been tagged by Miles Davis as his backing band. In the mid-fifties, Davis was searching for an Ahmad Jamal sound, and settled in with Red Garland in the piano chair to fill that spot. Buoyant swing with the ability to segue into interludes of the light, sparkling touch is what Davis got with Garland, then the more introspective Bill Evans, and later the more ...


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