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Don't Blink

by Ben Kono

The second release by Ben Kono Group, "Don't Blink" is a kaleidoscopic suite of environmental tales as told by the expressive and ever changing colors of this remarkably diverse ensemble. Funded by 2013 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Dawn
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2. Last Flight of the Dodo
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3. Glacier
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4. Spirit Animal: Marmot
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5. Smoky Madtom Hoedown
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6. Simon and the Monk
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7. River of Fire
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8. Spirit Animal: Condor
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9. Passenger
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10. Who Cries for Iron Eyes
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11. Spirit Animal: Leviathan
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12. General Sherman Meets the President
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13. Spirit Animal: Beluga
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14. Tipping Point
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15. Renewal
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Don't Blink" is composer/bandleader Ben Kono's second foray into extended jazz composition for his battery of woodwind instruments and long-standing musical compatriots. Following the acclaimed 2011 debut recording of the Ben Kono Group’s “Crossing”, the veteran saxophonist received a grant from Chamber Music America to compose a suite for his quintet. The piece was premiered in New York City at Cornelia Street Cafe in 2014, and a new CD of the work, “Don’t Blink”, will be released in spring of 2019.
Through a sequence of connected vignettes, the arc of the suite’s narrative takes it’s itinerant shape from the composer’s own life-long exploration towards environmental consciousness. From a metaphoric dream pitting the extinct dodo against marauding humans, to reckless pollution of our waterways and political inaction, to an innocent encounter with an endangered monk seal, this collection of musical anecdotes presents a unified tale of environmental stewardship and moral responsibility, and to that end exploits the vast aural palette of the Group’s wide-ranging talents.
The musicians performing on this recording represent the the vanguard of creative improvisers in New York City and share a long history of music- making together. Keyboardist Henry Hey (Rudder, Forq, David Bowie, George Michael, Rod Stewart), guitarist Pete McCann (Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Patti Austin) and Kono share roots dating back to their student years at the University of North Texas; percussionist Satoshi Takeishi (Paul Winter Consort, Eliane Elias, Nestor Torres) and bassist Kermit Driscoll (Bill Frisell, Don Byron, John Hollenbeck) have teamed with guitarist Ben Monder and frequented the rhythm sections of the most progressive large ensembles in today’s jazz and new music circles.
The Ben Kono Group continues to thrill audiences with its far-ranging program and environmental message throughout the U.S. with performances at Pro Musica Joplin, MO; Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival; the Bryant Park New Music Festival; the Hopper House Museum in Nyack, NY; the Chamber Music America National Conference; and various jazz clubs and performance spaces throughout New York City.

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