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Ben Monder

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A musician in the New York City area for over 30 years, Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, Billy Childs, Andrew Cyrille, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, and Marshall Crenshaw. He also contributed guitar parts to the last David Bowie album, "Blackstar". Ben conducts clinics and workshops around the world, and has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, NYU and the New School. He was the recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award in 2014, and a Shifting Foundation grant in 2013. Ben continues to perform original music internationally in solo and trio settings, and in a long standing duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann

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A Midsummer Odyssey

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Toka Voka Oka Boka; Igloo; Danny's Dream; BBC Blues; Mazurka; Dyningar; Silhouette; I Min Smala Säng; I Hope It's Spring for You.

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I Am a Stranger in This World

Label: L&H Production
Released: 2022
Track listing: As Chaff Before the Wind, Lighten My Eyes, Make Hste to Help Me, I Am a Stranger in This World, Truth in His Heart, Like Rain Upon the Mown Grass, Keep Not Your Silence, The Wine of Astonishment, I Shall Not Want, At Midnight I Will Rise, Every Beast of the Field

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Zoh Amba, Vincent Peirani, Kinan Azmeh, Tony Malaby & More New Releases

Read "Zoh Amba, Vincent Peirani, Kinan Azmeh, Tony Malaby & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The beautiful debut album of an emerging artist like Zoh Amba, previously unreleased tracks from the legendary Village Vanguard concerts by Geri Allen, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, the edgy new project by Vincent Peirani and the guitar saxophone interactions of Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens, Dave Gisler & David Murray, and Tony Malaby & Ben ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2022

Read "Big Ears Festival 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 24-27, 2022 The Big Ears Festival found ways to continue virtually during the pandemic—most notably by sponsoring the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival—but there is no substitute for the big glorious eclectic event that is the in-person festival. Past festivals have usually opened with a big kickoff ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Malaby: The Cave of Winds

Read "The Cave of Winds" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Nel lontano 2000 il sassofonista Tony Malaby debuttò discograficamente come leader di un super quartetto denominato Sabino. A distanza di più di vent'anni ripropone la stessa formula con il chitarrista originale Marc Ducret sostituito da Ben Monder—collaboratore di lunga data di Malaby—e licenzia un disco di tutto rispetto. Vi troviamo le diverse anime che da anni ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Malaby: The Cave of Winds

Read "The Cave of Winds" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Veteran of Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and many of Kris Davis' intriguing forays, saxophonist Tony Malaby is by far no stranger to the other side of the music where paradigms slip from measure to measure, not to note. So The Cave of Winds, Malaby's dust-up with his electric quartet Sabino, ...

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Just Me, Just Me

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Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 4:15

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

Album

Odd Wisdom

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Clave Tune; Domingo; Conversation With Myself; Robotic Night; Mi Cosmos; Space; Away; De Madrugada; Easter in Puglia; Blue Monk.


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