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Ben Markley Quartet Featuring Joel Frahm - Hot New Release September 16th - Slow Play!

Ben Markley Quartet Featuring Joel Frahm - Hot New Release September 16th - Slow Play!

Ben Markley Quartet featuring Joel Frahm
Slow Play: Release Date September 16th
Label: OA2 Records Slow Play is a compilation of music I wrote with the band of Joel Frahm, Jim White, and Marty Kenney in mind. I've had a chance to work with Jim and Marty over the last 10 years in ...

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Ben Markley Quartet: Basic Economy

Read "Basic Economy" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Pianist/composer Ben Markley has enough jazz pedigree to draw interest from jazz fans on an international level. After all, he has performed with such notables as Brian Lynch, Terell Stafford, and Eddie Henderson. His work on the jazz scene in Denver is well regarded, as is his work as Director of Jazz Studies at the University ...

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Ben Markley Big Band, featuring Terell Stafford: Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton

Read "Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Cedar Walton (1934-2013) is one of the giants, as well known for his compositions and arranging as he is for his piano chair stints in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, his steering vocalist Etta James to an Emmy Award for Mystery Lady: The Songs Of Billie Holiday, (RCA, 1994), and his prolific recording career, beginning with ...

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Ben Markley: Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton

Read "Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cedar Walton, whose long and illustrious career ended with his passing in August 2013, was not only one of his era's most celebrated jazz pianists but a musician whose impressive talents as a composer were often beclouded by his remarkable success as a performer. One of those whose admiration for Walton the composer is as earnest ...

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Ben Markley Big Band - "Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton" Featuring Terell Stafford - Release Date: February 17

Ben Markley Big Band - "Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton"  Featuring Terell Stafford - Release Date: February 17

Pianist Ben Markley, along with special guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, celebrates one of the more influential and beloved figures in jazz through this unique project, showcasing many of the late pianist and composer Cedar Walton's most revered tunes through new arrangements for big band. Performing iconic compositions such as “Hindsight," “Bolivia," and “Holy Land," Markley brings ...

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Aldo Salvent: Da Capo

Read "Da Capo" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Cuban-born saxophonist Aldo Salvent makes an impressive entrance into the world of recorded jazz with his debut as leader on the stunning Da Capo, a disc of mainstream modern jazz featuring ten originals performed by a superb quintet. Currently seeking his Master's Degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance at Florida International University in Miami, FL, Salvent's musical ...

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Josh Quinlan Quintet: Mountain Time Standards

Read "Mountain Time Standards" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Although the Gold Rush is long over, the Wild West still holds out the promise of reinvention and inspiration. For saxophonist Josh Quinlan, who came of musical age in Chicago and moved to Colorado in 2006, the Front Range jazz scene has been chock-full of opportunity: he is co-director of the Telluride All-Star Program, director of ...

Damani Phillips: The String Theory

Read "Damani Phillips: The String Theory" reviewed by Victor Verney

Damani Phillips

The String Theory

Self Produced

2010

The idea of adding strings to a jazz combo has long been a divisive issue among the music's aficionados. It's often disparaged by many purists as a commercial sell-out, similar to the “fusion" concept of marrying jazz with rock. One self-proclaimed hard ...

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Ben Markley: Second Introduction

Read "Second Introduction" reviewed by John Barron

Denver-based pianist Ben Markley, winner of the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, is a well-studied musician whose achievements thus far demonstrate a willingness to stand apart from the multitude of talented young artists graduating from music colleges across the country.

Second Introduction is Markley's second recording as a leader with rhythm section pals ...