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Saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone’s 2018/2019 Origin Records “Poetry of Jazz” releases, collaborations with the late U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Philip Levine, were recognized as milestone poetry/music projects. Voted the #3 “Best Album of 2018” in DownBeat Magazine’s 83rd annual Readers Poll (just behind Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis), praised in leading musical and literary publications, and featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The Poetry of Jazz established Boone as one of the most compelling voices among contemporary artists exploring the intersections between poetry and music

The Poets Are Gathering

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. THAT’S MY SON THERE (feat. Patricia Smith), 2. MAROONING (feat. Patrick Sylvain), 3. AGAINST SILENCE (feat. Tyehimba Jess), 4. POEM BY POEM (feat. Juan Felipe Herrera), 5. DECONSTRUCTION OF IDOLS (feat. Dustin Prestridge), 6. TRUTHS (feat. Lee Herrick, 7. THE POETS ARE GATHERING (feat. Juan Felipe Herrera), 8. SONG (feat. Edward Hirsch), 9. SPIRAL (feat. Marisol Baca), 10. THE SUN ONE (HOMAGE TO SUN RA) (feat. T.R. Hummer), 11. YOUR MAN (feat. Patricia Smith), 12. IMPERVIOUS BLUE (feat. T.R. Hummer), 13. BLACK MAN (feat. Donald Brown, II), 14. PORTS OF SORROW (feat. Patrick Sylvain), 15. BRANCH LIBRARY (feat. Edward Hirsch), 16. THESE CURRENT EVENTS (feat. Kimiko Hahn)

Joy

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Intricacies of Alice; Maiden Voyage; Slam; Curtain of Light; The 233 Jazz Bar; Without You; Joy.

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Benjamin Boone Broadens His Explorations Of Poetry & Jazz With "The Poets Are Gathering," Due Oct. 16 From Origin Records

Saxophonist Benjamin Boone Broadens His Explorations Of Poetry & Jazz With "The Poets Are Gathering," Due Oct. 16 From Origin Records

Benjamin Boone takes his fascination with the merger of poetry and jazz to stunning new heights on The Poets Are Gathering, set for an October 16 release on Origin Records. True to its title, the album finds the saxophonist-composer assembling a large group of acclaimed American poets—11 in all, including Tyehimba Jess (Pulitzer Prize), Patricia Smith ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection

Read "Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection" reviewed by Duncan Heining

So, Down Beat picks your record, The Poetry of Jazz, as one of its year-end top three. You put out a second volume, which is similarly well-received. Now here's the conundrum. Do you lock into the niche and follow up with more of the same? Or do you go for broke with that program masterpiece you ...

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The Intricacies of Alice

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:50

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Boone: Joy

Read "Joy" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Benjamin Boone's set with this band born and grown in Ghana is a genuine cross-cultural jazz Joy. The seeds of Joy were planted when composer-saxophonist Boone spent a year as a US Fulbright Scholar in Ghana in sabbatical from his professorship at California State University (Fresno), to study the country's music and musical traditions. ...

Innervisions, Improvisations and Other Jazz Fevers

Read "Innervisions, Improvisations and Other Jazz Fevers" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Lili Añel Better Days Winding Way Records 2019 Singer-songwriter Lili Añel and Better Days sound cut straight out of the northeast US. It's more than the geographic location of Añel's birth (Spanish Harlem, “El Barrio," in New York) or raised (South Bronx), and it's more than ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Boone with the Ghana Jazz Collective: Joy

Read "Joy" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When saxophonist Benjamin Boone took a sabbatical from his teaching position at California State University Fresno to travel to Ghana as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, he envisioned a yearlong educational immersion in the music, arts and broader culture of the region. What he couldn't have imagined, which became reality, was connecting with a set of Accra-based ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates With Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective On New Album "Joy," Due March 20

Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates With Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective On New Album "Joy," Due March 20

Saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone’s “The Poetry of Jazz," a visionary collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, was praised in leading musical and literary publications, featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and voted the #3 Best Album of 2018 in DownBeat’s 83rd annual Readers Poll. Boone documents an equally compelling collaboration, this time from his year as ...


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