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by Ben Rosenblum

Modern melodic jazz with traditional hard bop influences, featuring jazz luminaries Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums.
Genre: Jazz: Hard Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Because It's Raining
4:09 album only
2. Clarisse and Walter
4:04 album only
3. And Then It's Gone
5:54 album only
4. Saucer Eyes
5:07 album only
5. Nica
5:01 album only
6. First Song
5:51 album only
7. Blur
4:57 album only
8. Far Back
5:57 album only
9. Azucar
6:01 album only
10. Single Petal of a Rose
3:57 album only
11. When Love Was You and Me
5:14 album only
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Album Notes
Instead: Rising star Ben Rosenblum's debut album is a culmination of many years of musical development as a jazz pianist, composer and bandleader. Featuring jazz legends Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums, Instead combines Ben's foundation in traditional hard bop with his modern melodic sensibility and inventive composition.

Instead features six of Ben Rosenblum's original compositions, written at various stages in his musical career. These compositions, which have evolved and adapted as Ben's music has changed and grown, demonstrate Ben's versatility as a musician, and his appreciation for many different styles of jazz. The album's opener, “Because It's Raining,” is a sensitive and dynamic piece which features one of Ben's most memorable melodic motifs juxtaposed with Billy Hart's atmospheric accompaniment. The next track, “Clarisse and Walter,” shows Ben's inclination towards more traditional straight ahead jazz, and features a arrangement that hearkens back to Art Blakey or Hank Mobley. The album continues in similarly diverse fashion: “And Then It's Gone” is a beautiful bossa nova, “Blur” an up-tempo which hearkens back to the intensity of 1980s post-bop, “Far Back” a waltz reminiscent of a Bill Evans composition and “Azucar” an energetic Afro-Cuban number. Instead also includes five songs written by other composers. These tracks include a haunting rendition of Charlie Haden's “First Song” and a bowed bass feature for Curtis Lundy on Duke Ellington's classic ballad, “Single Petal of a Rose.” Rounding out the album are three hard swinging medium swing songs written by famous jazz musicians: Sonny Clark's “Nica,” Randy Weston's “Saucer Eyes” and Thad Jones' “When Love Was You And Me.

About Ben Rosenblum: Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist and composer based in New York City, and a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers award in 2010, the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Original Song in 2010, and the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Arrangement in 2011. He was commissioned by the XIBUS World Orchestra in Boston to write a piece for full orchestra, chorus, and jazz band, which culminated in a performance at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on April 14, 2012, and he has worked with Grammy nominated singer Ryland Angel on a number of compositional projects. Ben has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland), Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan), DUMBO Arts Festival (Brooklyn), Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA) and Music Mountain Festival (Connecticut). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Jerry Dodgion, Warren Wolf, Eliot Zigmund, Clarence Penn, Craig Handy, Stacy Dillard, Chris Washburne, Dave Stryker, James Cammack, Ameen Saleem, Bob Nieske, Steve Nelson, Yasushi Nakamura, Essiet Essiet, TS Monk, Willie Williams, Patience Higgins, Josh Evans, Kenny Davis, Rogerio Boccato and many others. Ben had the privilege of performing alongside Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Lynch and Phil Woods as a member of the prestigious New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, and he also works frequently with Boston-based singer Alida Rohr, as well as New York-based singer and composer Dev Avidon. Recently, Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida.

About Curtis Lundy: Curtis Lundy (born October 1, 1955) is an American double bass player, composer, producer, choir director and arranger. Lundy is best known for his work as part of jazz vocalist Betty Carter's band, through whose ranks several eventually renowned musicians passed. Lundy has also played on other jazz artists' recordings, including albums by John Hicks, Bobby Watson, the Steve Nelson Quintet and Johnny Griffin. In the late 1980s, he briefly stepped out of the background and issued Just Be Yourself (1988). A decade later, with Justin Time Records, he released Against All Odds (1999) and Purpose (2002). Both albums feature pianists John Hicks and Anthony Wonsey. Lundy's arrangement of "Walk With Me", recorded by the ARC Gospel Choir, was sampled by rapper Kanye West and became the Grammy Award-winning hit "Jesus Walks".

About Billy Hart: Hart was born in Washington, D.C., where early on in his career he performed with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–68). Following Montgomery’s death in 1968, Hart moved to New York, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland. Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock's sextet (1969–73), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973–74), Stan Getz (1974–77), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972's On the Corner). At the age of 70, Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s he spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium. He leads a group with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street. He is also featured in a trio led by pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, another led by guitarist Assaf Kehati, and an all-star band, the Cookers, with Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Craig Handy, George Cables and Cecil McBee, who have toured extensively and recorded two CDs.



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