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Ben Markley

Ben Markley, a jazz pianist, has performed with Brian Lynch, Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, George Garzone, and John Fedchock. Markley's latest recording project is Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2 records). 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 together fellow faculty members from the University of Wyoming and top-flight Denver-area musicians to produce an honest and swinging recording that honors Cedar Walton while presenting his music in a bright new light

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'Mon Back with the Ben Markley Big Band

Featuring the music of Ben Markley
Duration: 7:43

Bandleader Ben Markley leads his 16-piece bigband raise money during COVID-19 for struggling artists.
ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dan Jonas: The Spirituality Suite

Read "The Spirituality Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Utah-based trumpeter Dan Jonas says The Spirituality Suite was written as a response to his own struggles with spirituality in the twenty-first century. The music is thus largely conceptual, or as Jonas explains it, “Much of the inspiration . . . lies in the musical interval of a perfect fourth. The interval can be either consonant ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New music from Wojtek Mazolewski

Read "New music from Wojtek Mazolewski" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show the featured release is the latest album by Wojtek Mazolewski Following the rhapsodic response to his debut Whirlwind release--a deluxe edition of Polka which, internationally, broke through into dance clubs and rock and indie festivals--the double bassist now focuses attention on the music of his compatriot Krzysztof Komeda (1931--1969), a legend ...

The Spirituality Suite

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Daniel, In the Lion's Den; Salvation; The Altar of Intellect; The March to War; The Politics of Power; Charon, the Ferryman; The Fermi Paradox; Requiem for the Soul

Slow Play

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: The Last Time This Happened; Max's Mission; 'Mon Back; Blindsight; Slow Play; Sentience; The Return of Catboy; One for Armando.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Markley Quartet: Slow Play

Read "Slow Play" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The jacket cover on this splendid new studio recording from OA2 Records reads “Ben Markley Quartet Featuring Joel Frahm," and for good reason: the New York City-based saxophonist lends considerable improvisational weight to Slow Play, which would be a far different animal without him. That's not to say that pianist Markley, bassist Marty Kenney and drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Markley: Slow Play

Read "Slow Play" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Pianist/composer Ben Markley has shown deft touch in hand picking projects that express the broad range of his relationship with the music. Since 2017 he has produced a rousing big band tribute to Cedar Walton, and a slick quartet record with saxophonist Greg Osby. Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2, 2017) featured Markley's insightful arrangements ...

NEWS: RECORDING

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 ...

Basic Economy

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1 FTG 6:50 2 Our Walk 7:06 3 Basic Economy 6:45 4 Mind Fire 7:28 5 Road to Ace 9:28 6 Ice-Line 7:37 7 Half Dozen 3:58 8 Autumn Air 8:47


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