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Ben Perowsky Quartet: Esopus Opus

Read "Esopus Opus" reviewed by Troy Collins

A ubiquitous presence in the Downtown New York scene, drummer Ben Perowsky founded and co-led the proto-fusion band Lost Tribe, served in Elysian Fields, Joan as Policewoman, and the Lounge Lizards, while continuing to perform sideman duties for Steven Bernstein, Uri Caine, Dave Douglas, and John Zorn, among others.

An artist with eclectic interests, the debut of Perowsky's new quartet, Esopus Opus, features myriad genres--from classic rock covers and Brazilian favorites to his own mercurial originals. Interestingly, Perowsky's ...

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Ben Perowsky: Bop On Pop

Read "Bop On Pop" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Frank Perowsky says to his son “Ben, how about a nice game of catch.” If you think of football as brother against brother knocking heads, then baseball is a game of fathers and sons. On Bop On Pop we get a nice game of catch, as Ben, Frank and Sam Yahel toss the old standards around.

Drummer Ben Perowsky grew up playing jazz in New York with his father, a veteran of the bands of Woody Herman, ...

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Ben Perowsky, Frank Perowsky, Sam Yehel: Bop on Pop

Read "Bop on Pop" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Ben Perowsky has decided to do one with Dad; Dad being reedman /arranger Frank Perowsky--the Pop in Bop on Pop Perowsky the younger is a New York-based drummer who has worked with everyone from Walter Becker (Steely Dan) to John Cale (Velvet Underground) to jazz keyboardist Uri Caine and trumpeter/bandleader Dave Douglas. Pop/Frank is a veteran of the big band scene--Lee Castle and Woody Herman--and has performed with Peggy Lee, Billy Ecstine, Sarah Vaughn...and on and on.

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Ben Perowsky: Ben Perowsky Trio

Read "Ben Perowsky Trio" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The drummer for the strikingly original band “Lost Tribe” and frequently called upon session man steps out as a leader fronting a trio consisting of distinguished New York City-based musicians on the “live” Ben Perowsky Trio. Perowsky is a monster behind the kit and along with the talented reedman Chris Speed and excellent bassist Scott Colley, the Trio rip and roar through a few standards and originals. Some highlights are --- a down home bluesy version of Pink Floyd’s mega-hit, ...

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Ben Perowsky Trio: Ben Perowsky Trio

Read "Ben Perowsky Trio" reviewed by David Adler

Drummer Ben Perowsky is a consummate sideman (Mike Stern, Pat Martino, Dave Douglas, Walter Becker, The Lounge Lizards...) and a fixture of New York’s Knitting Factory scene. His first release as a leader is upon us, and it’s a killer. Along with Scott Colley on double bass and Chris Speed on tenor sax and clarinet, Perowsky serves up some cutting-edge music that sits squarely within the straight-ahead jazz tradition yet points the way toward jazz’s future.The album — ...

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Ben Perowsky: Ben Perowsky Trio

Read "Ben Perowsky Trio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Ben Perowsky’s first recording as leader doesn’t present a standard piano/bass/drums trio but offers in its stead drums (Perowsky), bass (Colley) and saxophone/clarinet (Speed). I presume that Perowsky was seeking the greatest possible freedom of expression within a small–group format; I would presume further that he came close to achieving that ambition. If Perowsky got what he wanted, what has he given the listener? To oversimplify the case, an often pleasant but substantially unexciting session by three well–schooled musicians who ...


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