Thursday 13 April 2023

Contemporary Eye ::: Ben Wendel

"As our excitement builds for what looks to be a widely celebrated release this April, we delve first into Edition records’ forthcoming Ben Wendel album, ‘All One’, boasting featured guests Bill Frisell, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Terrence Blanchard, José James, Elena Pinderhughes and Tigran Hamasyan. We then weave through some of the glorious releases in his arsenal from some of the biggest labels in modern music. Vancouver-born saxophonist and composer Wendel now resides in Brooklyn, NY and can be credited for working alongside such artists as Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Daedelus and Moonchild while working with his own celebrated band, Kneebody, has been nominated for a Grammy.

We end this week’s contemporary eye with a snippet of ‘Tenderly’ Featuring José James as a reminder why you will surely want to investigate further ‘All One’. 2023 will definitely be Ben Wendel’s year, and we are happy to be along for the ride." - Steve Williams of UK Vibe

The show's tracklist reads as follows:

Ben Wendel - Throughout Featuring Bill Frisell (Edition 2023)

Linda May Han Oh with Ben Wendel - Firedancer (Biophilia 2017)

Ben Wendel - Amian (Motéma 2016)

Romain Pilon Trio + Ben Wendel & Walter Smith III - Tumbleweeds @jazzandpeople 2015

Philip Dizack with Ben Wendel - Take Me With You @crisscrossjazzrecords 2013

Ben Wendel - Frame (Sunnyside 2012)

Dan Tepfer & Ben Wendel - Nines @sunnysiderec 2013

Ben Wendel - April (Motéma 2018)

Ben Wendel - High Heart (Edition 2020)

Ben Wendel - Tenderly Featuring José James (Edition 2023)

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