Ben Thomas Tango Project

Eternal Aporia

Origin 82836

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Thomas' crisp and logical solos, technical alacrity and witty compositions have been a dependable pleasure.
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Coming from a rich career as a jazz vibraphonist and composer, Ben Thomas found himself enthralled by the sounds and history of tango music, first as a dancer and then as an avid student of the bandoneon. Through his fifteen-year journey, Thomas took trips to Buenos Aires to hear & study with the masters, eventually finding his own voice in the music and performing widely. With Eternal Aporia, Thomas presents the debut recording of his Tango trio with clarinetist Eric Likkel and bassist Steve Schermer, exploring tango through its encounters with new times and new influences. Following the lead of some of the leaders of the current scene in Buenos Aires, such as Diego Schissi and Exequiel Mantega, Thomas builds his intricate pieces combining rhythmic intensity with lush harmonies, whimsy, and an emphasis on storytelling. "Ben is a great composer, and an energetic performer who knows how deep music can go." - Jovino Santos Neto


Track Listing:

1. Tangent 7 3:01
2. Safeguards 4:08
3. Eternal Aporia 5:05
4. Blood Dimmed Tide 1:44
5. Flights Without Air 4:12
6. A Wistful Eschaton 4:06
7. Little Birds 4:13
8. Flowers of Rage 0:50
9. Tangent 5 4:33
10. The Space Between 4:43
11. We Were Never Perfect 0:51
12. Something Ventured 5:07

All compositions by Ben Thomas, published by Malletman Music

Performers:

Ben Thomas - bandoneon, vibraphone, percussion
Eric Likkel - clarinet, bass clarinet
Steve Schermer - bass
Gretchen Yanover - cello (1,4,9,10,11)
Brandon Vance - violin (1,10)
Jonathan Geer - piano (1,10)

Production Info:

Produced by Ben Thomas
Recorded & mixed by Ben Thomas at Concinnity Studio, Seattle, WA
during May-September, 2021
Clarinet recorded by Eric Likkel at Clarinet Cowboy Studio, Seattle, WA
Piano recorded by Jonathan Geer at Pot of Earth Studios, Austin, TX
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Studios, Seattle, WA
Cover photo by Finlandi; Back photo by Luzia Maria Grob
Artist photos by Stephen Rusk, Juliet McMains,
Rosemary Dai Ross, Mary Dee Mateo
Cover design & layout by John Bishop




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