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Ben Wendel – 'The Seasons'

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Friday October 26, 2018

From Qwest TV

Ben Wendel – The Seasons
By: Philippe Lesage

For The Seasons, the American saxophonist Ben Wendel has chosen to play in a quintet. This is his fourth album in a solo career that runs alongside his jazz-fusion outfit Kneebody. It takes us through the seasonal calendar in a musical journey inspired by Tchaikovsky’s piano suite and a painting by Lee Krasner. But far from any descriptive naturalism or heavy symbolism, it focuses instead on the radiance of the days and the months.

Is it the nasal sharpness of the sax that gives us the sense of being enshrouded in Scandinavian mists? The sound is curiously Norwegian, reminiscent of Jan Garbarek and Elvind Aarset. It is not far removed from Gilad Hekselman’s guitar stylings either.

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