All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

386

Ben Markley: Second Introduction

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count
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 Evan Gregor (bass) and Jordan Perlson (drums). Added to the front-line of the quintet are top-notch soloists Greg Gisbert (trumpet) and Jim Pisano (tenor saxophone). With the exception of one standard, "But Beautiful," the disc is comprised of Markley's original compositions, steeped in the hard bop tradition with hints of modernity.

Markley's tunes are playful and swinging, full of matter-of-fact phrasing and sound harmonic progressions. These characteristics are probably best exemplified in "One for Cedar," presumably dedicated to pianist Cedar Walton—a medium-tempo swinger with enough open landscape to allow each soloist the opportunity to stretch out over a lush chordal framework. Hints of Horace Silver can be heard on the spiced-up blues "The 9th One's Free." Here Markley demonstrates a thorough understanding of bebop influenced piano playing. The lyricism of "As it Comes" is spirited and optimistic in nature, with a groove reminiscent of pianist Ahmad Jamal's classic recording of "Poinciana."

Gisbert and Pisano contribute hard-driving solos throughout, both leaning towards an aggressive approach with dazzling technique and soulful ideas. The improvised twists and turns demonstrated by the two on the closer "Two to Go" are succinct, energetic statements.

All in all, Second Introduction is a recording laden with clever musicality, at once focused and spontaneous.


Track Listing: 5-20; Dry; One for Cedar; The 9th One

Personnel: Ben Markley: piano; Greg Gisbert: trumpet; Jim Pisano: tenor saxophone; Evan Gregor: bass; Jordan Perlson: drums.

Title: Second Introduction | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: OA2 Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

FTG

FTG

Ben Markley
Basic Economy

Bolivia

Bolivia

Ben Markley
Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar...

Two To Go

Two To Go

Ben Markley
Second Introduction

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Basic Economy

Basic Economy

OA2 Records
2018

buy
The Return

The Return

Self Produced
2014

buy
Second Introduction

Second Introduction

OA2 Records
2009

buy

Related Articles

Read The Gravity Project CD/LP/Track Review
The Gravity Project
by Gareth Thompson
Published: October 23, 2018
Read Experiments on Human Subjects CD/LP/Track Review
Experiments on Human Subjects
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 23, 2018
Read Street Scene CD/LP/Track Review
Street Scene
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: October 23, 2018
Read In Common CD/LP/Track Review
In Common
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 23, 2018
Read Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden CD/LP/Track Review
Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden
by Chris May
Published: October 22, 2018
Read Remember Love CD/LP/Track Review
Remember Love
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 22, 2018
Read "Suite Theory" CD/LP/Track Review Suite Theory
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 30, 2018
Read "(Willisau) 1991 Studio" CD/LP/Track Review (Willisau) 1991 Studio
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 20, 2018
Read "Absolutely Live II" CD/LP/Track Review Absolutely Live II
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: January 4, 2018
Read "We Are All" CD/LP/Track Review We Are All
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 7, 2018
Read "The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming" CD/LP/Track Review The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2018
Read "Necessary Arrangements" CD/LP/Track Review Necessary Arrangements
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 17, 2018