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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.

Album-release concerts for What We Bring:

Sept. 14: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, New York

Sept. 15: The Regattabar, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Sept. 16: Firehouse 12, New Haven, Connecticut

Sept. 17: Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia

Sept. 19: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sept. 20: Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan

Sept. 21: Constellation, Chicago 

Sept. 22: Dazzle, Denver

Sept. 23-25: SF Jazz Center – Joe Henderson Lab, San Francisco

Sept. 26: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon

Sept. 27: Cornish Playhouse-Seattle Center, Seattle

Sept. 28: The Old Church, Portland, Oregon

Sept. 29: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, California

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Blue Whale, Los Angeles

Oct. 2: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

Oct. 12-13: Duc des Lombards, Paris, France

Oct. 14: Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct. 15: Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Oct. 16: L’espace des Arts Vivants, Parc Culturel De Rentilly, Bussy Saint Martin, France

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