Benjamin Boone | Philip Levine

The Poetry of Jazz, Vol. 2

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Poetry and jazz have long been great partners, but "The Poetry of Jazz" offers a fresher take, just like Levine's poems give us new, heroic looks at the ordinary lives of the lower-middle class...The Poetry of Jazz is a master poet's contribution to the musical genre, one not to be missed.
THE PARIS REVIEW

Without knowing or planning it, saxophonist/composer Benjamin Boone has spent his life preparing for a collaboration with Philip Levine. Long fascinated by the inherent musicality of the spoken word, Boone crossed paths with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet as fellow professors at California State University, Fresno, and they ended up working closely together in the three years before Levine's death in 2015. Boone and Levine's 2018 release, "The Poetry of Jazz," captured a genre-expanding partnership unlike anything else in the jazz canon. "Volume Two" completes the program with 14 poems and three instrumental compositions by Boone. "Boone knows where the thing called poetry lives, an ocelot among the waters, a sky-shaped Rain God that flares down upon us...He is one of the very few that can lure Phil's poetry-magic and call it out and show it to the world...Beyond words up there with the muses." - U.S. POET LAUREATE JUAN FELIPE HERRERA.


Track Listing:

1. LET ME BEGIN AGAIN 3:11
2. AN ORDINARY MORNING 2:16
3. THE SIMPLE TRUTH 3:56
4. THEY FEED THEY LION 5:37
5. TO CIPRIANO, IN THE WIND 5:37
6. THE POEM CIRCLING HAMTRAMCK, MI, ALL NIGHT, IN SEARCH OF YOU 2:30
7. BELLE ISLE, 1949 2:22
8. YAKOV 6:46
9. SNOW 4:04
10. GODSPELL 4:48
11. THE HELMET 3:25
12. THE SIMPLE TRUTH 6:26
13. THE CONDUCTOR OF NOTHING 3:41
14. SOUTH 2:39
15. SATURDAY SWEEPING 4:49
16. BLOOD 2:13
17. WHEN THE SHIFT WAS OVER 2:54
18. GODSPELL - Instrumental (HOMAGE TO PHIL AND BRIAN) 4:48

Poetry by PHILIP LEVINE
Music Composed & Arranged by BENJAMIN BOONE, except:
(2,6,7,13) composed by BENJAMIN BOONE / CRAIG VON BERG /
SPEE KOSLOFF / BRIAN HAMADA / (7) STEFAN POETZSCH;
(15,17) Composed by DAVID AUS

Performers:

BENJAMIN BOONE - ALTO & SOPRANO SAXOPHONE
PHILIP LEVINE - POETRY & NARRATION (except 4,8,12,18)
DAVID AUS - PIANO
CRAIG VON BERG - PIANO (2,5,6,7,13,16)
SPEE KOSLOFF - BASS
BRIAN HAMADA - DRUMS
NYE MORTON - BASS (1,11,17)
GARY NEWMARK - DRUMS (1,11,17)
KAREN MARGUTH - VOCALS (8,12)
MAX HEMBD - TRUMPET (4,8,11,15)
ASHER BOONE - TRUMPET (4)
ATTICUS BOONE - FRENCH HORN (4)
STEFAN POETZSCH - VIOLIN (1,7)

Production Info:

Produced By DONALD BROWN & BENJAMIN BOONE
Recorded By ERIC SHERBON, MAXIMUS MEDIA, Fresno, CA
Recorded August 16-17, 2012; April 8-10/Oct. 5/Dec. 10, 2013;
Mar. 4/June 14/July 7-10, 2014; Sept. 9/ Oct 8, 2018
Edited By VINCENT KEENAN, ERIC SHERBON & BENJAMIN BOONE
Mixed & Mastered By MIKE MARCIANO, SYSTEMS TWO, Brooklyn, NY
Live photographs by JOE OSEJO; BENJAMIN BOONE photo by MARK CROSSE
Cover Painting "DISTANT SOUL" by FRANK ARNOLD (frankarnoldart.com)
Cover Design & Layout By JOHN BISHOP


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