Ben Darwish | I Don't Want to Live on the Moon

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I Don't Want to Live on the Moon

by Ben Darwish

The new 5-song EP highlights explosive and subtle moments in tight-knit, melodic compositions. One of the two instrumentals on the EP, “Under the Bright Red Sky", garnered Darwish the 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In Case I Find You, Here's My Song
7:44 $0.99
2. High and Mighty
5:42 $0.99
3. No More Lies
3:49 $0.99
4. Under the Bright Red Sky
4:39 $0.99
5. I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
5:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ben Darwish is a pianist, vocalist, and composer based in Portland, OR. He has won numerous awards including a 2008 Downbeat Award and the 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. In 2009, his group was chosen out of hundreds of entries to audition at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the state department tour. His band features some of the most exciting young musicians in the Northwest, namely Chad McCullough on trumpet, Michael Rush on bass, and Jason Palmer on drums. Darwish has performed with artists such as Reggie Watts and Esperanza Spalding, but his greatest strength is as a bandleader.

About the EP:

“I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon” is a genre-breaking experience. The new 6-song EP from Ben Darwish leaves the listener satisfied yet ready to play it over and over again. It is his first studio recording in 4 years, and has been long awaited by fans. This is a clear departure from his live album released in 2009 called “Ode to Consumerism” which featured long explorations and intense energy captured in the group's live performances. Instead, “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon” highlights explosive and subtle moments in tight knit, melodic compositions.

“Do not forget about Portland's jazz scene. And if you do, God save you, let Darwish teach you a lesson.”
-Willamette Week



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Editors Pick
More controlled, composed, and melodic than his previous efforts, this 5-song EP demonstrates the rising jazz star's ability to temper a restless, propulsive spirit with subtly and nuance. Ben Darwish won a 2008 Downbeat Award. With this album, good things continue to come his way. The song "Under the Bright Red Sky" garnered the 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Fans of the Bad Plus and Brad Mehldau will be pleasantly surprised.