Ben Markley

Basic Economy

OA2 22156

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... playful and swinging, full of matter-of-fact phrasing and sound harmonic progressions...with enough open landscape to allow solos to stretch out over a lush chordal framework.
All About Jazz

As the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Big Band recording, "Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton," pianist Ben Markley presents this spirited and thoroughly modern quartet session of original compositions, featuring alto saxophone great Greg Osby. Inspired by their developing musical relationship over the last four years, Markley composed a set of music with Osby in mind, followed by a tour and this recording. With the crisp and fully engaged support of bassist Evan Gregor and drummer Dru Heller, the effect of Markley and Osby's fluid rapport creates an inspired argument for further exploration. "'Basic Economy' is a vivid presentation of the sound of today, with a healthy nod to the institutions of chance and imagination." - Greg Osby


Track Listing:

1 FTG 6:50
2 Our Walk 7:06
3 Basic Economy 6:45
4 Mind Fire 7:28
5 Road to Ace 9:28
6 Ice-Line 7:37
7 Half Dozen 3:58
8 Autumn Air 8:47

All compositions by Ben Markley, Markley Music BMI, except (7) by Greg Osby

Performers:

Ben Markley - Piano
Greg Osby - Alto Saxophone
Evan Gregor - Bass
Dru Heller - Drums

Production Info:

Produced by Ben Markley
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Colin Bricker
at Mighty Fine Productions, Denver, CO
Recorded on October 27, 2017
Art by Jason Javar Lawrence
Cover design & layout by John Bishop








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