Ben has found a way to embrace the music of Cedar Walton and transform it into stellar big band arrangements that express his voice, sound and musical genius.
Pianist Ben Markley, along with special guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, celebrates one of the more influential and beloved figures in jazz through this unique project, showcasing many of the late pianist and composer Cedar Walton's most revered tunes through new arrangements for big band. Performing iconic compositions such as "Hindsight," "Bolivia," and "Holy Land," Markley brings together fellow faculty members from the University of Wyoming and top-flight Denver-area musicians to produce an honest and swinging recording that honors Cedar Walton while presenting his music in a bright new light. "...to hear a big band's interpretation of Cedar's music has to be the most beautiful thing I have ever heard in my life! ... I know Cedar is beaming at the results!!" - Martha Walton.
1. Cedar's Blues 5:53
2. Clockwise 7:32
3. Fiesta Espanol 7:36
4. Hindsight 9:28
5. I'll Let You Know 6:41
6. I'm Not So Sure 7:31
7. Holy Land 10:03
8. Bolivia 6:07
9. Martha's Prize 5:55
10. Black 8:56
Ben Markley Big Band:
Ben Markley - piano
Steve Kovalcheck - guitar (2,6)
Ken Walker - bass
Chris Smith - drums
Produced by Wil Swindler & Ben Markley
Recorded by Colin Bricker at Mighty Fine Productions, Denver, CO
August 1-2, 2016
Mastered by Phil Bulla at Platinum Productions, Monroe, N.Y.
Michael Peterson - group photo, photo of Cedar applauding is Carlo Pieroni
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Walton is one of those key jazzbos that's coming closer and closer to being forgotten every day so it's extra props we toss to bandleader Markey for making this a big band date rather than a solo piano tribute. Putting back all the joyous swing that was in these tunes originally, this isn't so much a journey through the past as it is an exploration ...
Republic of Jazz (Domi)
Terell Stafford has been hailed as "one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player" by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford's exceptionally expressive and well defined musical ...