Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ben Monder "Hydra"

Country: USA
Sub GenreJazz, Avant Prog
LabelSunnyside Records
Release date July 30, 2013
1 Elysium (4:49)
2 Hydra (24:17)
3 Aplysia (8:48)
4 39 (11:13)
5 Yugen (7:29)
6 Tredecadrome (15:13)
7 Postlude (2:34)
8 Charlotte's Song (3:58)

Ben Monder - Bass, Guitar
Theo Bleckmann - Vocals
Martha Cluver - Vocals
Gian Slater - Vocals
Skúli Sverrisson - Bass
John Patitucci - Bass
Ted Poor - Drums

The guitar chops are present and accounted for on this by one of the most in-demand jazz guitarists out there today. But there’s also a clear musical vision, unusual harmonic structures, vivid melodies and wordless vocals bolstering those melodies. ...
As alluded to earlier, Monder uses vocals, but he uses them primarily without lyrics. Instead, they roughly take the place of where a keyboard might go, to enhance the melodic lines.
Read the full review by S. Victor Aaron at somethingelsereviews.com

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