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Benji Kaplan

Benji does not put all his eggs in one basket by any means. He effortlessly crafts his own brand of Neo-Classical Brazilian infused music meets late Romantic inspired compositions and arrangements by day and doubles by night as a quirky crooner who adorns his voice with lush voicings and harmonies from his nylon string guitar in his one man show. The former, he often portrays with large and medium scale ensemble formations ranging from string quartets to wind Ensembles of varying shapes and sizes. Benji has performed in a wide array of venues such as Cornelia Street Cafe, Dizzy’s Club, Rubin Museum of Art, Zinc Bar, Nu Blu, and the legendary Rio de Janeiro club “Beco das Garrafas” (Bottles Bar) among many others

Album

Something Here Inside

Label: WiseCat Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Song Is You; With a Song in My Heart; If Ever I Would Leave You; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; So in Love; Anything Goes; But Not for Me; Easy to Love.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others

Read "Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is a largely quieter and more contemplative show featuring a variety of artists such as Alex Coke, Bill Evans, Steve Slagle and Jeanne Lee. 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 Steve Slagle “The Heart ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Guitarists in the Age of Isolation

Read "Guitarists in the Age of Isolation" reviewed by Geno Thackara


The Joel Newton Situation New Now Self Produced 2022 Since the first year of Covid had left everyone suddenly making music alone, of course it was inevitable that the trend of isolation albums would eventually give way to the out-of-isolation album as the world moved into partial circulation. For the Joel ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Two Duos Go Brazilian

Read "Two Duos Go Brazilian" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The male-female duos on these two recordings delve deeply into Brazilian music, but do so in very different ways. Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini Setting Rays Of Summer Self Produced 2019 This is a duo recording in the true sense because the only sounds on this disc come ...

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Article: From Far and Wide

Back to Brazil: Part Three

Read "Back to Brazil: Part Three" reviewed by Mark Holston


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 A singer who needs no introduction, Eliane Elias sculpts a predictably sensual soundscape on Love Stories (Concord). The nine-track project features a string orchestra and lush arrangements by Rob Mathes, unobtrusive rhythm section chores by a cadre of Brazilian percussionists, and the steady hand of bassist ...

Album

Chorando Sete Cores

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Bryant Park; At the Vanguard; Canção de Ninar (Berceuse); Trenzinho para Lapa ( Little Train to Lapa); Familiar Strangers; The Wind; A Joyful Stroll; Chorando Sete Cores (Cries of The Seven colored Tanager); Happy Sadness; A Tricksters Bolero; Coisa Carioca (A Carioca Thing); Samba for Django; Leaves in the Wind.

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Article: Album Review

Benji Kaplan: Chorando Sete Cores

Read "Chorando Sete Cores" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Composer and guitarist Benji Kaplan is an artist that brings vivid colors to his music, both in sound and imagery. Kaplan has three albums already in his growing discography: Meditações no violão, a solo guitar album, Reveries em Som, an album of duets with flautist Anne Drummond; and Uai Sô, a project that features various ensembles ...


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