Notes by Ben

Notes by Ben

Ben Thomas plays the vibes and bandoneon, and composes music.

Music
The Madman’s Difference


It is an extremely well-played album that includes four quintet tracks with soprano sax to supplement the quartet.
– Cadence Magazine

Vibist Thomas plays in a spirited, breezy manner on “The Madman’s Difference”, a recording that features Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto in a duel attack to Thomas’s nine compositions. It is an extremely well-played album that includes four quintet tracks with soprano sax to supplement the quartet. Thomas’s music is about the rhythm that underlies the many intricate communications that transpire between Neto and him. The two set a pace that keeps flowing with constant sparkle. Thomas is lyrical and at the same time inventive with his multi-phonic tone. This well-executed album has many interesting facets to recommend it.” -Cadence Magazine.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Melicatu 5:55
  2. Once Sprung 5:54
  3. G.J.’s Strut 8:49
  4. Phone Tag 4:16
  5. Two Sighs, A Reply 7:23
  6. El Torpedo Negro 6:32
  7. The Big Orange Concrete Snow Disk 4:24
  8. Bolt 45 7:08
  9. Kaethe’s Dance 4:36

PERFORMERS:

BEN THOMAS – vibes
JOVINO SANTOS NETO – piano, tracks 1-8
MARK PISZCZEK – soprano sax, tracks 2,3,5,8
DEREK LAYES – bass, tracks 1-3,5,6,8
JOSE MARTINEZ – drums, tracks 1-3,5,6,8
MIKE PETERSON – contraptions, track 4

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