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Ben Wolfe


Bassist-composer, Ben Wolfe, has recently released his new CD, “No Strangers Here” on MAXJAZZ. As Wynton Marsalis said, “Ben Wolfe swings with authority.” And as can be heard from Ben’s original compositions on this, his fifth and newest CD, Ben also innovates and “scores” with authority. Downbeat Magazine says, “ He hews to the esthetic of group interplay and the rhythm’s of bebop, and displays a well-honed sense of sonic narrative.” In January 2008, The New York Sun reviewed Ben’s new composition, “From Here I See,” created for the Harlem in the Himalayas series at the Rubin Museum, as a piece “Bernstein would doubtlessly have approved of.” Like many of Ben’s compositions, this 25-minute Suite fell into line with the jazz concept of a double quartet " a format that combines the standard jazz quartet with the standard string quartet. Ben Wolfe’s work is a true ensemble " expressed in the group sound, rather than dominated by extended solo compositions



Label: Resident Arts
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Heckler; Hats Off to Rebay; Lullaby in D; Bob French; The Corridor; Mask Man; Eventually; Unjust; Sparkling Red; Sideways; Hats Off to Rebay (Interlude); Reprise (Credits).


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Bassist Liany Mateo

Read "Introducing Bassist Liany Mateo" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Liany Mateo started playing the bass when she was 13 years old. “They opened up a performing arts school in Jersey City," she recalled. “At that time, I knew I wanted to play an instrument. I was into '70s punk music, and all of my favorite ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Donny McCaslin, Kira Linn, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alexander Claffy & More

Read "Donny McCaslin, Kira Linn, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alexander Claffy & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week's playlist features two recent albums by, or featuring, Donny McCaslin. Also, a new record by German baritonist Kara Linn plus a score of forward looking bass players and leaders, from Meshell Ndegeocello to Linda May Han Oh, Ben Wolfe and Philly natives Christian McBride and Alexander Claffy.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mariasole De Pascali, Lucia Cadotsch, Petter Eldh, Carlo Mombelli & More

Read "Mariasole De Pascali, Lucia Cadotsch, Petter Eldh, Carlo Mombelli & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on two of the most vibrant scenes in Northern Europe, jny: Amsterdam and jny: Berlin. Along the way we hop from jny: Copenhagen to New York with a few more stops on the way. Enjoy some of the freshest jazz projects out there.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz ...


Article: Album Review

Ben Wolfe: Unjust

Read "Unjust" reviewed by Dave Linn

The history of modern jazz contains only a handful of bass players who have both led their own groups and been visionary in their compositions and approach. Charles Mingus, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Jaco Pastorius and Christian McBride are those who come to mind. With the release of his 10th album, Unjust, Ben Wolfe shows he ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jitterbug Waltz, Toshiko Akiyoshi and some electro/electro acoustic works

Read "Jitterbug Waltz, Toshiko Akiyoshi and some electro/electro acoustic works" reviewed by David Brown

This week, we celebrate Fats Waller's tune “Jitterbug Waltz," recorded 81 years ago this week, with interpretations by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Eric Dolphy & Tyshawn Sorey; we'll also check out a set of works featuring pianist composer & arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi. Ikue Mori was in Philly this week so let's hear a solo from her+ some ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Burt Bacharach, Joe Lovano & Ben Wolfe

Read "Burt Bacharach, Joe Lovano & Ben Wolfe" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 792nd Episode of Neon Jazz with bassist Ben Wolfe's brilliant album Unjust. From there, we hear from Ben's long-time collaborator, Harry Connick, Jr. with their take on “Stompin' at the Savoy" from the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack. We also hear new music from Tarmu Jazz Quartet, Matt Greenwood, Matt Lockett and Daniel ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nicole Mitchell + Some Johnny Hodges 45s

Read "Nicole Mitchell + Some Johnny Hodges 45s" reviewed by David Brown

This week, our featured artist will be creative flutist, composer and educator Nicole Mitchell whose music we will explore in a variety of contexts. Our featured recording will be an old 1952 box of 45s titled “Johnny Hodges and his Alto Sax" that I picked up this week plus recent releases from Avram Fefer, Ben Wolf, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ahmad Jamal, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Others

Read "Ahmad Jamal, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This program features pianists such as Ahmad Jamal and Gonzalo Rubalcaba plus music from a wide variety of sources, including the String Trio of New York and Lennie Niehaus. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 ...


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