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A Melodic Masterpiece Benn Clatworthy and Gang Break It Down On The Decider
(Published: October 03, 2008)

"Benn Clatworthy plays some of the most exciting, intense, beautiful, uncompromising, and personal jazz saxophone there is." If you've never heard Benn play yourself, you'll soon know what Brick Wahl of LA Weekly means when you pop in this great new CD featuring Benn Clatworthy on soprano and tenor saxophone as well as flute, Chris Colangelo on bass and Ryan Doyle on the drums.

Benn was born in England, but has been residing in the Los Angeles area since 1980. Over this time, Benn has played with a number of critically acclaimed artists, including Cedar Walton, Larry Gales, Lionel Hampton, and many others. Benn is also currently a member of the Fransisco Aguabella Latin Jazz Septet, Tony Insalaco Quintet, and Pete Christlieb's Band.

On The Decider, Benn takes an alternative look at some jazz classics, opting to inject his own music into melodies that many jazz aficionados will be familiar with. One such example is Benn's take of Monk's "Off Minor", where, as Wahl eloquently describes, "Benn goes nuts, running circles around, over, and under the melodies." Another example of Benn's fanaticism can be found on the album's namesake, where Benn again plays a furious sax.

If you enjoy lighter pieces, they can be found on tracks such as "Bossa Mia", written for his stepdaughter, or the melancholy "Pannonica". Another airy piece any listener can relax and enjoy, Colangelo's "Patterns" has been described by Wahl as "spare and geometric, a beautiful little bummer of a piece" and includes an excellent solo by Ryan Doyle. Finally, if you are a fan of Latin jazz, you're guaranteed to enjoy the group's Latin take on John Lewis' "Afternoon in Paris".

All in all, any fan of good jazz is guaranteed to find a track they'll enjoy on this excellent new addition to Benn's repertoire of work. Clatworthy, Colangelo, and Doyle collaborate to produce an excellent compilation of songs that will have you humming the tunes in no time.

More Information: http://www.bennclatworthy.com

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