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We Are the Orchestra

Label: Manhattan Daylight Media Group
Released: 2018
Track listing: Loose Fitting Spare Tire; I'm Not Nancy; Gold Star Mufflers; Theme From Ernani; Refinancing for Elephants; Inside Our Pizza Oven; Theme from Il Trovatore; Carl Finds His Way.

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Daniel Bennett: We Are the Orchestra

Read "We Are the Orchestra" reviewed by James Fleming

The music rolls out of the speakers as a breeze shimmers over the prairie. Evoking scenes of broad, open grasslands. The Daniel Bennett Group's We Are The Orchestra plays out like a collage of genres and cultures: Italian opera, American jazz and folk, tinges of East Africa. A vivid tapestry woven from disparate threads. That rather ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: We Are the Orchestra

Read "We Are the Orchestra" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Composer/woodwind player Daniel Bennett and his group make music that cheerfully disregards genre conventions, especially purist notions of what “jazz" can be. There are generous doses of instrumental rock: previous album Sinking Houseboat Confusion (Manhattan Daylight Media Group, 2016) even made a point of adding surf rock to the mix. Most of their albums have been ...

Sinking Houseboat Confusion

Label: Manhattan Daylight Media Group
Released: 2016
Track listing: John Lizard Comes Home; Andrew Variations; Bobby Brick Sent Me; Sinking Houseboat Confusion; Paint the Fence; Doctor Duck Builds a Patio; We Are OK!; Little Disappointments of Modern Life; Animals Discussing Life Changes; Sinking Houseboat Confusion - Acoustic Reprise.

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Daniel Bennett Group: Sinking Houseboat Confusion

Read "Sinking Houseboat Confusion" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

After a year of extensive touring to support last years' The Mystery at Clown Castle (Manhattan Daylight Media, 2015) the Daniel Bennett Group returns with a fresh eclectic musical blend they describe as Surf Rock + Avant-Pop + Modern Jazz. All that touring seems to have inspired a stripped-down approach, both stylistically and in the instrumentation. ...

The Mystery at Clown Castle

Label: Manhattan Daylight Media Group
Released: 2015
Track listing: The Clown Chemist; The Spinning Top Stood Still; Paul Platypus; Minor Leaguer; Nine Piglets; Strange Jim and the Zebra; Morning; Inside the Outside Interlude; Flow; Uncle Muskrat; Outside the Inside Outro.

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Daniel Bennett Group: The Mystery at Clown Castle

Read "The Mystery at Clown Castle" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Daniel Bennett is an extremely talented player (alto saxophone, flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe and piano) and composer whose music has a simple, light and lyrical quality which hides quite a bit complexity going on underneath. There is also more than a bit of wry satire thrown into the mix. While his brand of music ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: The Mystery at Clown Castle

Read "The Mystery at Clown Castle" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

The Daniel Bennett Group's 2015 release The Mystery at Clown Castle, the successor to 2013's Clockhead Goes to Camp, picks up where the latter left off with a fresh and distinct new feel. The personnel has changed, with Daniel Bennett joined by guitarist Nat Janoff, bassist Eddy Khaimovich, and drummer Matthew Feick. Special guests include pianist ...

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Daniel Bennett Group: The Mystery at Clown Castle

Read "The Mystery at Clown Castle" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The Daniel Bennett Group's music is seductive. Bennett's jazz/rock tunes are bright, attractive, and relentlessly catchy: but odd meters, minimalism, hard rock guitar, and outside jazz are all lurking just below the surface. He even manages to make spoken word go down just as easily as vocals, no doubt greatly aided by the skills of guest ...


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