Benjamin Boone | Philip Levine

The Poetry of Jazz, Vol. 2

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This collection is basically a melange of original poetry and narration by Philip Levine and compositions by Benjamin Boone (alto, soprano sax) on 12 of the 18 performances, with the remainder composed by various members of the players. The musicians include David Aus (piano), with the addition of Craig Von Berg on piano on six songs), Spee Kosloff or Nye Morton (bass), Brian Hamada or Gary Newmark (drums), with guests Karen Margot (vocals, 2 songs), Max Hembo or Asher Boone (trumpet), Atticus Boone (French horn on 1 song) and Stefan Poetzsch (violin). The disc is a fascinating melange of music and poetry in memory of U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Philip Levine and musician Brian Hamada. This is an engaging fusion of two terrific artists. The poetry is amazingly expressive and the music ties in wonderfully.






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