Benjamin Boone

The Poets Are Gathering

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There are incantations and supplications to be found here. Also: elegies and headlines, howls and mantras, reveries and outbursts. They instruct and affirm. They urge you to dance while offering road maps to reflection. They rouse you from deep slumber and offer solace for your worst nightmares.
GENE SEYMOUR

"The Poets Are Gathering" is the third in a series of acclaimed recordings from saxophonist/composer Benjamin Boone that integrate the music & poems from some of America's leading jazz musicians and Poet Laureates, Guggenheim fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners. Where "The Poetry of Jazz" volumes offered the voice of the late U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, here, notable contributors include Tyehimba Jess, Juan Felipe Herrera, Patricia Smith, T.R. Hummer, and Edward Hirsch, along with pianist Kenny Werner, guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Ari Hoenig, among many others. This recording possesses a visceral, in-the-moment force as the poetry responds to the roiling, insurgent energies against racism and other societal ills. The themes of immigration, racism, homelessness, poverty, abuse, protests, and war can overwhelm and distress, but through the voices of some of the world's great literary minds there are clues to be found to absorb the blows, summon the spirits, engage the moment and as Tyehimba Jess suggests, "murder the silence" that threatens to immobile us, to keep us away from the reasons to commit, to deal, to hope - and, above all, to imagine.


Track Listing:

1 That's My Son There (feat. Patricia Smith) 3:32
2 Marooning (feat. Patrick Sylvain) 3:45
3 Against Silence (feat. Tyehimba Jess) 4:34
4 Poem By Poem (feat. Juan Felipe Herrera) 3:40
5 Deconstruction of Idols (feat. Dustin Prestridge) 8:21
6 Truths (feat. Lee Herrick) 5:25
7 The Poets Are Gathering (feat. Juan Felipe Herrera) 11:45
8 Song (feat. Edward Hirsch) 2:37
9 Spiral (feat. Marisol Baca) 3:40
10 The Sun One (Homage to Sun Ra) (feat. T.R. Hummer) 2:45
11 Your Man (feat. Patricia Smith) 2:38 *Contains Explicit Language
12 Impervious Blue (feat. T.R. Hummer) 2:44
13 Black Man (feat. Donald Brown, II) 3:51
14 Ports of Sorrow (feat. Patrick Sylvain) 4:29
15 Branch Library (feat. Edward Hirsch) 1:55
16 These Current Events (feat. Kimiko Hahn) 6:07 *Contains Explicit Language

All Poems © by the listed Poets
Music arranged and published by Benjamin Boone, Vester Music, ASCAP
1,3,5,7,9,10,15,16 by Benjamin Boone
2 by Benjamin Boone & Kenny Werner
4 by Craig VonBerg
6 by Benjamin Boone & Craig VonBerg
8,11,14 by David Aus
12 by Hashem Assadullahi & Peter Brendler
13 by Benjamin Boone with Donald Brown, II

Performers:

MUSICIANS:
BENJAMIN BOONE - SOPRANO & ALTO SAXOPHONES

KENNY WERNER - PIANO (2,3,8,14,15)
CORCORAN HOLT - BASS (3,8,14,15)
ARI HOENIG - DRUMS (3,8,14,15)

DAVID AUS - PIANO (1,11)
PATRICK OLVERA - BASS (1,5,6,7,9)
RAY MOORE - DRUMS (1)
CRAIG VONBERG - PIANO (4,5,6,7,9)
NATHAN GUZMAN - DRUMS (5,6,7,9)
RICHARD JUAREZ - PERCUSSION (5,6,7,9)
ATTICUS BOONE - TENOR SAXOPHONE (5)
ASHER BOONE - TRUMPET (5)

HASHEM ASSADULLAHI - SOP/AL SAXES (10,12)
BEN MONDER - GUITAR (10,16)
EYAL MAOZ - GUITAR (10,16)
PETER BRENDLER - BASS (10,12,16)
JOHN BISHOP - DRUMS (10,16)

DONALD BROWN, II - RAP, PROGRAMMING (13)
DONALD BROWN - KEYBOARDS (13)
ALBERTO DÍAZ CASTILLO - KEYBOARDS (13)
STEFAN POETZSCH - VIOLIN (13), VIOLA (16)

Poetry & Narration:
TYEHIMBA JESS (3)
PATRICIA SMITH (1,11)
EDWARD HIRSCH (8,15)
JUAN FELIPE HERRERA (4,7)
T.R. HUMMER (10,12)
KIMIKO HAHN (16)
PATRICK SYLVAIN (2,14)
LEE HERRICK (6)
MARISOL BACA (9)
DONALD BROWN, II (13)
DUSTIN PRESTRIDGE (5)

Production Info:

Produced by DONALD BROWN & BENJAMIN BOONE
Recorded by MIKE MARCIANO of SYSTEMS TWO,
at SAMURAI HOTEL RECORDING STUDIO, ASTORIA, NY;
and ERIC SHERBON at MAXIMUS MEDIA, FRESNO, CA
Recorded July 6, 2020; March 4, 2019; January 5-6, 2019; July 17, 2017
Mixed & mastered by MIKE MARCIANO at SYSTEMS TWO, LONG ISLAND, NY
Edited by BENJAMIN BOONE
Liner notes by GENE SEYMOUR
Cover photo by KONSTANTIN MUCHNIK
Cover design & layout by JOHN BISHOP


Reviews of The Poets Are Gathering

The Munro Review (Doug Munro)
LED BY BENJAMIN BOONE, THIS RUMBLE OF A ‘GATHERING' OFFERS A SEARING POETICAL TAKE ON TROUBLING TIMES People who know him probably think of Benjamin Boone, Fresno's composer-saxophonist-poetry-lover extraordinaire, as an optimistic guy. I certainly do. His visage naturally leans far toward the friendly. But when he's serious — or artisticall ...



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