Ben Wendel "Song Song" Featured on NYTimes "The Playlist"

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Thursday July 28, 2016


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By: Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen

Ben Wendel is a saxophonist and bassoonist with an ultramodern jazz profile, but he has more than a passing connection to the music’s past language and literature. ‘Song Song’ is a track from his accomplished new quartet album, ‘What We Bring,’ due out on Sept. 9. And if its lilting bounce reminds you of ‘Poinciana,’ a signature tune for Ahmad Jamal, that’s purely intentional: Mr. Wendel wrote his piece in a spirit of fond tribute. His ace rhythm section ‘” Gerald Clayton on piano, Joe Sanders on bass, Henry Cole on drums ‘” embraces the premise while expanding the frame, especially during Mr. Wendel’s tenor solo, which begins just after the four-minute mark, covering a lot of ground in a compact space before steering back home. N.C.

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