Thursday 16 July 2020

Ben - Ben (1971)

The one and only album from this English band.

The band is a quintet with a lineup of congas, percussion, drums, bass, clarinet, saxophone, flute, guitars, electric piano, harpsichord, Moog and some vocals.

A rare album made available again through a CD re-release.

This band were a member of the loosely organized British jazz and fusion scene. Other bands in this scene was Nucleus, If and Soft Machine.

Ben sounds pretty similar to the bands above.

The music is instrumental with emphasis on the woodwinds and their solos. There is not many guitar solos and the pianos works most in a supporting role.

There is a lot of Canterbury prog and jazz quirkiness and oddness in their music. This is by no means a straight forward jazz and fusion album.

It is also a charming album with some very interesting details which really makes the listener turn up the volume and get into the music.

This is another good and rather obscure album from England and well worth checking out.

3 points

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