Wednesday, April 11, 2018

USA: Benjamin Boone and Philip Levine- The Poetry of Jazz (2018)

“You hold in your hands jazz history. This is a CD that must be heard!"
~ Pianist and Producer, Donald Brown

“[Boone] is one of the very few that can lure Phil's poetry-magic and call it out and show it to the world… Beyond words… up there with the muses.”
~ Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

“Benjamin Boone’s music is a tour de force, a mellow whirlwind of jazz and poetry.” ~ Guy Livingston, “American Highways,” ConcertZender (Netherlands Radio)

A new precedent for pairing jazz with poetry, with performances by Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, & Chris Potter joining Boone’s core ensemble as Levine recites 14 of his iconic poems set to original music they inspired.