CD Excavation [Ben Monder] (CD 175763),
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Excavation [Ben Monder]

  • 1. Mistral
    2. Luteous Pangolin
    3. Ellenville
    4. Sunny Manitoba
    5. Hatchet Face
    6. Etching
    7. Windowpane
    8. You Are My Sunshine
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1157

  • Credits
    ProducerBen Monder; Leonardo Bella
    EngineerLeonardo Bella

    Personnel: Ben Monder (guitar); Theo Blechmann (vocals); Skuli Sverrisson (electric bass); Jim Black (drums, percussion).
    Recorded at the Clubhouse, Germantown, New York on June 30 and July 19 & 20, 1999.
    Personnel: Ben Monder; Jim Black, Skli Sverrisson, Theo Blechmann.
    At once static and mercurial, Ben Monder's emotional and technical scope is a must-hear for guitar aficionados and modern jazz fans alike. "Mistral," EXCAVATION's opening track, is a solo guitar tour de force, clocking in at a generous nine minutes. With influences ranging from flamenco to the cosmic bluegrass stylings of John Fahey, here Monder summons up a rich, dense sonic landscape.
    The rest of the CD is only slightly more conventional, thanks to Monder's gift for quirky but lyrical structures, and Theo Bleckmann's unique, wordless vocalizing. The two have been musical partners for some time, and here their empathy is clear. Including the two full-band, bona fide epics "Ellenville" and "Hatchet Face," EXCAVATION closes with its only cover, a folk-tinged, spooky version of "You Are My Sunshine."

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.104) - "[T]he music itself -- distantly melodic and with a rambling charm -- makes Monder seem like some lost branch of John Fahey's 'American primitive' sound."
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