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Orbital Quintet: Vol.2

Read "Vol.2" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Seemingly influenced by any music that passes their inquisitive collective ear, Oakland's Orbital Quintet second offering, Vol. 2, opens the quixotic “Devil's Breath" with a blare that morphs to a languid simmer of guitar hijinks courtesy of DV Wright.

With music that conjures an explorative jazz band from David Lynch's hallucinatory Twin Peaks, Orbital ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Benjamin Lee

It all started with a music teacher who needed to add some low end to her third grade orchestra. She picked the tallest kid in the room, who had his big hands wrapped around a cello at the time, and said “Hey! Take a look here, come play this upright bass!” That kid was Benjamin Lee, and once he heard the resonant tones of the largest instrument he had ever seen, he was hooked. Born in Los Angeles, California, Ben grew up in an incredibly diverse soundscape. His first library of music was his father’s record collection, which melded Laurel Canyon sounds with classic rock, folk, jazz, soul, and spirituals

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Orbital Quintet: Vol. 1

Read "Vol. 1" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On its debut album, the Northern California-based Orbital Quintet offers eight intriguing tracks that avoid the clichés of standard blowing sessions, embracing instead the more subtle pleasures of mood and texture. With four compositions by guitarist David Wright, one each by bassist Benjamin Lee and trumpeter John Harrington, and a couple of freely improvised pieces, there's ...