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Ben Bierman

Ben Bierman is a Brooklyn-based trumpet player, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. In his compositions he incorporates elements of jazz, blues, Latin music, and the Western art music tradition. His music can be heard on Some Takes On the Blues (Plaza Street Music PSM 101, 2019) and on Beyond Romance: Songs by Ben Bierman (New Focus Recordings FCR 141, 2013). As a trumpet player, Ben has performed with a wide array of artists, including Johnny Copeland, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Pacheco, Machito, Johnny Colon, Archie Shepp, and Arthur Blythe. He is the author of Listening to Jazz (Oxford University Press), has essays in numerous books and journals, and is an Associate Professor at John Jay College, City University of New York

Some Takes On the Blues

Label: Plaza Street Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1. Bolero Blues (4:24) A fun and funky Latin boogaloo-inspired jam with percussionist Willie Martinez. 2. Carmel Meets Shrader (4:05) A Count Basie-Kansas City style 12-bar blues duet with Nashville guitarist Andy Reiss. 3. Pretty Blues (3:54) A mellow multi-section composition that includes a 32-bar blues. 4. Leo’s Rag (2:08) A finger picking solo guitar rag. 5. Valeria Street Blues (3:15) An old-school slow blues with Andy Reiss and drummer Terry Silverlight. 6. Let’s Chill One (5:00) A chill-vibe 48-bar blues with percussionist Emanuel Bierman. 7. AC Shuffle (3:26) A country blues-style duet with Bierman on guitar and trumpet. 8. Blues for WC (2:59) A mellow and pretty multi-strain solo piano blues composition with W.C. Handy in mind. 9. Dum Dee Dim (3:47) A multi-section piece that changes feels throughout, including cha cha chá, a 6/8 feel, rumba, and swing. Percussionist Willie Martinez makes it work.


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