Ben Black

Mystery & Wonder

Origin 82835

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Breathtakingly beautiful!
Jim Fouratt, Listen Up

Inspired by mysticism and meditation, Seattle-based vocalist & songwriter Ben Black assembled a collection of 11 of his original songs that celebrate awakening and transformation. Combining with a voice that's been described by Christopher Loudon as "singularly gorgeous" in JazzTimes, each song blossoms with the intention of lifting spirits and acting as a powerful medicine for these uncertain times. Accompanied by a highly sensitive ensemble - including Bill Anschell on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass, guitarist Dave Peterson, drummer Mark Ivester, David Lange on accordion, and flautist Brenda Kay Neth - Ben offers a venerable mix of soul-influenced Jazz that speaks to the heart and mind as one embraced with love.


Track Listing:

1. Wonderland 4:00
2. Wind 5:28
3. Universal Grace 5:21
4. Do not stand at my grave and weep 2:23
5. Mystery and Wonder 5:13
6. Love is Alive 3:59
7. Light of the Sea 5:42
8. Sorrow 6:08
9. Reveal 4:30
10. South 3:52
11. Night 4:48

Music & lyrics by Ben Black
"Do not stand at my grave and weep" lyrics adapted
from the original poem, by person(s) unknown

Performers:

Ben Black - vocals
Bill Anschell - piano
Jeff Johnson - bass
Dave Peterson - guitar
Mark Ivester - drums/percussion
David Lange - accordion
Brenda Kay Neth - flute

Production Info:

Produced by Ben Black
Recorded & mixed by David Lange at David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
Recorded May 21, 2007
Mastered by Rick Fischer, RFI Mastering
(7) Mastered by Ed Brooks & Rachel Field
at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA
Photography by Ian Boisvert
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Mystery & Wonder

Midwest Review (Chris Spector)
So, let's suppose for a minute that Mark Murphy had a big Zen streak running through him. Then suppose he wrote inspirational lyrics that seems to have been run through a soul/jazz translator. You feel me? Certainly not our usual genre splicing flow, this is a natch for adult listeners looking for music that matter for people who care ™. Well ...



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