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Slow Jam

Slow Jam

Ben Markley Quartet

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552217223
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Catalog number: OA2 22172
Releasedate: 06-03-20
- "... ... playful and swinging, full of matter-of-fact phrasing and sound harmonic progressions..." - ALL ABOUT JAZZ.
- Ben Markley’s fourth recording
For Ben Markley’s fourth recording, the fleet pianist/composer teams with New York  tenor saxophone great Joel Frahm for a dynamic set of modern jazz originals. Though written specifically with the band of Frahm, drummer Jim White, and bassist Marty Kenny in mind, Markley continually finds inspiration from significant influences in his musical life, most notably Cedar Walton, Chick Corea and Bill Evans. With engaging and elevating support from Kenney and White, Markley and Frahm pop on the boogaloo "'Mon Back," strike a Jazz Messengers-esque pose on the grooving "Return of Catboy," and strut on the half-time funk of the title tune. "Frahm’s playing bubbles over with ear-catching inventiveness and a robust, positive feeling." Ottawa Citizen.

Ben Markley, a jazz pianist, has performed with Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, George Garzone, and John Fedchock. Markley is active as a composer and arranger with several big band and vocal jazz charts published through UNC Jazz Press. Compositions from Markleyʼs first two albums have earned him ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards. Markley was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program held at the Kennedy Center. 

Markley's book A Practical Approach to Improvisation - The David Hazeltine Method was published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz in December of 2014. It documents David Hazeltine's process of creating etudes from transcriptions. 

Markley is an active performer in the Denver-metropolitan area and along the front range. He can be seen regularly at in Ft. Collins as part of the Subterranean jazz trio at Ace Gillett's Lounge. 

Markley currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wyoming where he directs and coaches the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, Western Blue, and combos. He also teaches applied jazz piano, improvisation and is the director of the UW Jazz Festival.