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Ben Syversen

The anything goes, eclectic mentality of the musical melting pot of Brooklyn, NY is the perfect setting for trumpeter and composer Ben Syversen’s first album as a leader, Cracked Vessel. Making the most of the broad palette available to three musicians, the pieces in this album range from rocking vehicles for free improvisation to ethereal tone poems and long form narratives. The band builds on but quickly departs from ideas pioneered by such creative music luminaries as Tim Berne, Ellery Eskelin, and Jim Black, while drawing in sounds from experimental rock and No Wave bands like Sonic Youth and DNA, twisted takes on Americana, and sly, just beneath the surface references to Eastern European folk music.

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This album is wildly entertaining, creative at the same time, and the guys have something to tell. A band to watch. And to enjoy.”

Free Jazz Blog

“... it’s without question one of the most deliciously intense albums of the year (it’ll be on our Best of 2010 list at the end of December).”

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Cracked Vessel
Cracked Vessel
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