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Ben McDonnell

Guitarist Ben McDonnell has been based in London since he graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2004. In that time Ben has performed and recorded for countless bands and venues. He has performed all over the world as far afield as Asia with Mongolian star Naran in Ulan-Bator, Mongolia, but also closer to home in numerous clubs and bars as well as more notable venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. In addition to playing and composing for his own band Aleph Trio with Ben Bastin and Chris Packham, Ben also plays with the Jeremy Lyons Quartet, pop act Glass Pear and singer Neil Vezina. Ben teaches guitar at Blackheath Conservatoire of the Arts and Haverstock School

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeremy Lyons: Vestige

Read "Vestige" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a good year for Jeremy Lyons. In March, the Belfast tenor saxophonist's dectet opened the Brilliant Corners 2014 jazz festival with a resounding set before an enthusiastic home audience. Here, stripped back to the more intimate surroundings of a quartet, Lyons' debut as leader brings together seasoned pros from the UK jazz scene on ...

Aleph Trio

Label: Pocket Tiger Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: A Walk In The Rain; Rue St. Dennis; For Pa; Dulcamara; The Ghats.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben McDonnell: Aleph Trio

Read "Aleph Trio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Ben McDonnell's Aleph Trio takes its name from a story by Jorge Luis Borge involving a poet who “discovers a point in space which contains all other points." Aleph Trio, likewise, explores and exploits all points present within McDonnell's compositions on its self-titled debut EP. Cyclical thoughts, complex colors, light and airy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben McDonnell: Aleph Trio

Read "Aleph Trio" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Featuring the building blocks of free improvisation and an earthy rock music persuasion, London based guitarist Ben McDonnell presents his engaging Aleph Trio, a bold set that's both aesthetically pure and melodically pleasing. Its in-the-moment vibe feels like a live studio recording that highlights the trio's vigor, inventiveness, and cohesiveness. The set maintains ...

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Rue St Dennis

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Label: Pocket Tiger Records
Released: 2013
Duration: 05:31

NEWS: RECORDING

Aleph Trio Ep Release Available at BandCamp

Aleph Trio Ep Release Available at BandCamp

Ben Mcdonnell's 'Aleph Trio' release their first CD in April. Composer Ben Mcdonnell formed the Aleph Trio to not only serve as a platform for his own compositions but also to allow for the exploration of a wide range of music that shapes their own individual musical identities. Ben’s own compositions encompass his experiences and reactions ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Compassionate Dictatorship: Coup d'Etat

Read "Coup d'Etat" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

An eclectic amalgam of improvisation, strong melodic themes and rhythmic twists is perhaps the best way to characterize Coup d'Etat, the debut album by Compassionate Dictatorship. Comprised of four of London's most prominent jazz musicians--Jez Franks (guitar), Tori Freestone (sax), Jasper Hoiby (bass) and Ben Raynolds (drums)--Compassionate Dictatorship manages to achieve a ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Hybrid Picking For Guitar

Read "Hybrid Picking For Guitar" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

Hybrid Picking For Guitar Gustavo Assis-Brasil Paperback; 128 pages ISBN: 0977439801 Self-Published 2006 Hybrid Picking For Guitar is a book and CD set which helps the diligent reader rapidly unlock the potential of this seldom discussed technique. Boston-based guitarist and educator Gustavo ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Sheets of Sound

Read "Sheets of Sound" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

Jack Zucker Sheets of Sound Self-Published ISBN: 0975559303 2004 It is with some trepidation that I open a new guitar instructional book, whilst each promises to 'advance your playing to the next level' or help you 'play like (insert guitar hero's name here)', most tend to deliver a ...


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