Ben Rosenblum's debut album as a leader, entitled Instead, is out now and available for purchase at CD Baby (https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/b...
), Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Inst...
...), iTunes and more.
Featuring jazz legends Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums, Instead consists of six original compositions and five jazz tunes composed by other musicians, including songs by Duke Ellington, Charlie Haden and Sonny Clark. Instead is deeply rooted in the hard bop tradition, but showcases Ben's modern melodic sensibility and musical versatility on a wide range of different material.
"The music is thoughtful. . . . Rosenblum has the chops to shoot off a few fireworks, . . . but that doesn't seem to be a priority when covering sacred material. Rosenblum and Lundy caress [the music] with the reverence it merits."
-Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine (4/5 stars. April 2017 issue)
"Hands of a diamond cutter"
"Certainly the kind of cat that's going to go the distance"