Benjamin Boone with the Ghana Jazz Collective

Joy

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...emotionally direct, unpretentious and irascibly open-hearted...
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"Joy" documents the inspired collaborations saxophonist/composer Benjamin Boone experienced while living in Ghana for a year as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. He performed frequently with Accra-based tenor saxophonist Bernard Ayisa, pianist Victor Dey, Jr., bassist Bright Osei, drummer Frank Kissi and vocalist Sandra Huson, with this set recorded in Boone's final week in country. Bathed in joy, exuberance and dance, the band tackles four Boone originals, Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," "Curtain of Light" by Ethiopia-based saxophonist Jonovan Cooper, and the title track by the late saxophonist, Gerry Niewood. Following Boone's two previous recordings - critically acclaimed collaborations with U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine - "Joy" offers a 'complete body experience,' exploding with movement and fire.


Track Listing:

1 THE INTRICACIES OF ALICE 5:50
2 MAIDEN VOYAGE 5:08
3 SLAM 7:52
4 CURTAIN OF LIGHT 7:46
5 THE 233 JAZZ BAR 3:56
6 WITHOUT YOU 4:51
7 JOY 5:31

Composed & arranged by Benjamin Boone,
except: (2) by Herbie Hancock, arr. Boone/Dey;
(4) by Jonovan Cooper, arr. Boone;
(7) by Gerry Niewood, arr. Boone/Dey

Performers:

BENJAMIN BOONE - ALTO & SOPRANO SAXOPHONE
BERNARD AYISA - TENOR SAXOPHONE
VICTOR DEY, JR. - KEYBOARDS
BRIGHT OSEI - BASS
FRANK KISSI - DRUMS
SANDRA HUSON - VOCALS (2,3,6)

Production Info:

Produced by JAMES MILEY & BENJAMIN BOONE
Special Consultant: DONALD BROWN
Recorded by HUBERT KOFI ANTI (uBeatz) at UVSL Studios, Accra, Ghana
on June 20, 2018 & July 11, 2018
Mixed & mastered by MIKE MARCIANO at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Cover Art by WIZ KUDOWOR, Ghana
Band Photograph by YOOFI TV/FOTOGRAPHY
Cover Design & Layout by JOHN BISHOP


Reviews of Joy

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
When you think of a Fulbright Scholar heading off to deepest darkest Africa, do you picture a white boy that understands funk? Pairing here with his pals, Ghana Jazz Collective, the two cultures collide in a jolly mash up that proves once again that music is the universal language and how easy it is to resolve any conflict if you really want to. Up ...

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