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Ben Schachter: Omnibus

Read "Omnibus" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Saxophonist Ben Schachter is a jazz master, well known in the Philadelphia area and beyond. On this outstanding CD, he and his cohorts go beyond playing their instruments to creating works of art. Each piece forms a coherent composition where improvisations come close to sounding like the interpretation of a written score. Heartfelt yet profoundly intellectual, ...

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Ben Schachter and Sung/Unsung: Nothingman

Read "Nothingman" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Philadelphia-area saxophonist Ben Schachter plays a wide range of reed instruments extremely well, although his primary voice is the tenor saxophone. He's been influenced by Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, yet his burly tenor sound is clearly his own, and his approach is both original and personal. If the music on his self-produced Nothingman is any ...

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Ben Schachter & Sung/Unsung: Nothingman

Read "Nothingman" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

With a sharp edge that cuts on the side of dynamic playing and improvisation, Nothingman is the latest release by reedist and bandleader Ben Schachter. The Philadelphia-based musician has earned a reputation as one who treads clear of tepid jazz waters in favor of progressive and free flowing ones, as attested on his recent recordings Inside, ...

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Ben Schachter: The Missing Beloved

Read "The Missing Beloved" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

If the news hasn’t reached you, then listen up! Philadelphia-based saxophonist Ben Schachter is one of the sharpest improvisers in modern jazz. Primarily due to his “Trio of Many" band featuring bassist Micah Jones and drummer Erik Johnson. Here, Schachter enhances his trio with perennial all-stars, saxophonist Gary Bartz, guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, and trumpeter Tim ...

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Ben Schachter: Trio of Many

Read "Trio of Many" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Philadelphia, Pa. has been producing fine prizefighters, jazz musicians, and scrumptious cheesesteaks for years! And while we focus our attention to the arts, saxophonist/composer/educator Ben Schachter represents yet another impressive exponent of Philly’s long standing lineage of musicians who often possess signature sounds and styles. - A characteristic which is significant when considering the glut of ...