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JT Video: Ben Wendel’s “Song Song”

Off “What We Bring,” out on Motéma Music Sept. 9

Ben Wendel
"What We Bring" is due out on Motéma September 9

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel’s Motéma Music debut, What We Bring, featuring pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Henry Cole, due out Sept. 9, was created as a way to show appreciation for the artists who have helped shape him throughout his journey, Wendel said in a press release.

JazzTimes is proud to premiere the video for “Song Song,” dedicated to the great Ahmad Jamal, and inspired by his historic, hugely influential take on “Poinciana.” “I was on tour with nothing to do one evening and watching countless performances of ‘Poinciana’ on YouTube. There’s something incredibly meditative about the piece that I’ve always loved: the rhythm section’s commitment to playing one beautiful groove throughout the song, not doing anything more, and most importantly, not needing to. I recall waking up the following morning with the bassline for ‘Song Song’ looping in my head,” Wendel explained in the press release.

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