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Birdless by Ben Markley

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Album Title: Ari's Funhouse
Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022

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About the Album

Whether through his recordings with players like Terell Stafford, Greg Osby or Joel Frahm, or his big band recording honoring the music of Cedar Walton, pianist/composer/arranger Ben Markley always provides a platform where his guests can shine. Long appreciating the idiosyncratic rhythmic mastery of drummer Ari Hoenig, along with the equally personal melodic sense of his compositions, Markley was inspired to take on the daunting task of arranging a set of Hoenig's music for big band. With roots in the traditional big band world, the music dives deeply into other modes of modern expression, which the Denver-based ensemble brought their A-game for. A session that demanded a high level musicianship and abundant sense of creative adventure, the results provide an aural ride that can best be described as ‘Ari’s Funhouse.’

Song Listing

Birdless; Lyric; Lines of Oppression; Bert's Playground; For Tracy; Arrows and Loops; Green Spleen

Personnel

Peter Olstad
trumpet
Greg Gisbert
trumpet
Dan Jonas
trumpet
Alan Hood
trumpet
Adam Bartczak
trombone
Paul McKee
trombone
Rob Borger
trombone
Jon Gauer
trombone
Wil Swindler
woodwinds
Scott Turpen
saxophone, alto
Peter Sommer
saxophone, tenor
John Gunther
saxophone, tenor
Sam Williams
saxophone, baritone

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Date featured

April 16, 2022

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