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Ben Thomas (US)

In demand as a performer and educator, Ben Thomas combines an energetic performance technique with a distinctive compositional style. As a vibraphonist, percussionist, and bandoneon player, he can be found playing tango, jazz, chamber music and Latin jazz throughout the Northwest. Ben has released four albums of original compositions on Origin Records as a leader or co-leader, including “The Madman’s Difference”, “The Mystagogue”, and “Triskaidekaphobia”. His most recent CD, “Yet What Is Any Ocean…”, was declared “an outstanding album with some interesting compositions and performances alike” by allmusic.com. In addition to leading tango and Latin jazz groups, Ben co-leads TORCH, a chamber group dedicated to both 20th century music and original compositions. Since 2005, Ben has been a member of Brazilian pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto’s Quinteto


Eternal Aporia

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Tangent 7; Safeguards; Eternal Aporia; Blood Dimmed Tide; Flights Without Air; A Wistful Eschaton; Little Birds; Flowers of Rage; Tangent 5; The Space Between; We Were Never Perfect; Something Ventured.


Article: Album Review

Ben Thomas: Eternal Aporia

Read "Eternal Aporia" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

For some people, tango means the dance with a stereotypical red rose between the teeth. For Ben Thomas, a percussionist and bandoneonist from Seattle, tango is much more than that: it has been an important part of his life for at least fifteen years before the 2022 release of Eternal Aporia. The album includes twelve of ...


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Ben Thomas (US): Eternal Aporia

Read "Eternal Aporia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

They say it takes two to tango. On Ben Thomas' new album, Eternal Aporia ("uncertainty; doubt"), it takes at least three, and sometimes half a dozen. That's not a bad thing, as Thomas' splendid core trio is fleshed out on three numbers by cellist Gretchen Vanover and on two others by Vanover, violinist Brandon Vance and ...


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Tangent 7

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 03:00


Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region

Label: Lungbasket Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Longshot; Elephant In Labor; Two And A Half Hours; Geometries III; Sky Church; Geometries IV; Proverb; WRU.


Article: Album Review

Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region: Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region

Read "Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Ben Thomas' Endless Mountain Region, the debut album by this eponymous trio led by bassist Thomas--is dedicated, according to Thomas' rather funky website, “to exploring the freedom of a chordless trio." It undertakes this exploration on a series of original tunes--three each from Thomas and drummer Aaron Staebell, one from saxophonist Tony Malaby--and a version of ...


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Put the Ball in the Box

Label: Origin Records
Released: 0
Duration: 4:49


The Mystagogue

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: The Mystagogue; Whatever Stupid; Still Livin' With Mama; Melody For Mr. Mike; Bridge at White Creek; Tomorrow Night; Dragonfly; Loochy; Dorothy's Green Slippers; Dragonfly (Reprise).


Article: Album Review

Ben Thomas: The Mystagogue

Read "The Mystagogue" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Seattle vibraphonist Ben Thomas offers a swinging, pulsing quintet sound on his second release, The Mystagogue. Thomas augments his core vibe/piano quartet with one of three clarinet and saxophone players on most of the tracks on the record, lending a ever-changing fifth voice to the ensemble. While the combination of piano and vibes might suggest the ...


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