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Chorale - 5:39
Clayland - 7:26
Con Alma - 7:07
Backbou - 5:06
Jean and Renata - 5:57
Blocks - 8:09
Frame - 8:20
Leaving - 8:08
Julia - 5:30


Ben Wendel - saxophone, bassoon, melodica
Gerald Clayton - piano
Tigram Hamasyan - piano
Adam Benjamin - Fender Rhodes, piano
Nir Felder - guitar
Ben Street - acoustic bass
Nate Wood - drums

Among other things, recordings are frames of reference, an aural blueprint of a performer. The incredibly eclectic saxophonist/composer Ben Wendel’s new CD Frame will give a glimpse of his musical foundation, composed of equal parts jazz, rock and ambient music. His unique combination of sounds and influences create compositions that are wholly unique listening experiences. The CD’s program features eight new compositions and a duo arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma” featuring piano wunderkind Gerald Clayton. Wendel is joined on the album by an amazing
ensemble, including pianists Tigran Hamasyan and Adam Benjamin, guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Ben Street and drummer Nate Wood.


Ben Wendel's "Frame" reviewed in DownBeat.

Chris Robinson, DOWNBEAT - May 2012     Read the full article

Ben Wendel's "Frame" reviewed in the April 2012 issue of Jazz Times!

Michael J. West, JazzTimes - May 2012     Read the full article


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