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SLAM 07:51
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WITHOUT YOU 04:50
When I think of you I just lay down and cry Knowing I’ll never see you again Never feel your skin on mine Never see your eyes shine Never hear you say my name again You said you’d never leave So how am I supposed to live without you? When I think of your smile I have to stop for a while, knowing I’ll never see it again Never hold your hand in mine Never kiss your lips divine Oh, I don’t really understand You said you’d never leave But now I have to go on without you I can feel you right here, right now As if you held me in your arms I can feel your touch, your presence Hold me keep me warm I can glimpse you in the rainbows And in the flowers and the rain But it’s not enough, I need you Standing here beside me I can feel you right here, right now As if you held me in your arms I can feel your touch, your presence Hold me keep me warm I can glimpse you in the rainbows And in the flowers and the rain But it’s not enough, I need you Standing here beside me
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JOY 05:31

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"Joy" documents the inspired collaborations saxophonist/composer Benjamin Boone experienced while living in Ghana for a year as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. He performed frequently with Accra-based tenor saxophonist Bernard Ayisa, pianist Victor Dey, Jr., bassist Bright Osei, drummer Frank Kissi and vocalist Sandra Huson, with this set recorded in Boone's final week in country. Bathed in joy, exuberance and dance, the band tackles four Boone originals, Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," "Curtain of Light" by Ethiopia-based saxophonist Jonovan Cooper, and the title track by the late saxophonist, Gerry Niewood. Following Boone's two previous recordings - critically acclaimed collaborations with U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine - "Joy" offers a 'complete body experience,' exploding with movement and fire.

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released March 20, 2020

Music Composed and arranged by BENJAMIN BOONE, except (2) by HERBIE HANCOCK, arr. Boone/Dey; (4) by JONOVAN COOPER, arr. Boone; and (7) by GERRY NIEWOOD, arr. Boone/Dey

BENJAMIN BOONE ALTO & SOPRANO SAXOPHONE
BERNARD AYISA TENOR SAXOPHONE
VICTOR DEY, JR. KEYBOARDS
FRANK KISSI DRUMS
BRIGHT OSEI BASS
SANDRA HUSON VOCALS (Maiden Voyage, Slam, Without You)

PRODUCED BY: JAMES MILEY & BENJAMIN BOONE
SPECIAL CONSULTANT: DONALD BROWN

RECORDED BY HUBERT KOFI ANTI/uBeatz at UVSL Studios, Accra, Ghana on JUNE 20 and JULY 11, 2018
MIXED & MASTERED BY MIKE MARCIANO, SYSTEMS TWO, BROOKLYN, NY
COVER ART BY WIZ KUDOWOR, Ghana
BAND PHOTOGRAPH BY YOOFI TV/FOTOGRAPHY
COVER DESIGN & LAYOUT BY JOHN BISHOP

Wiz Kudowor’s cover art “Unending Journeys III” and “Seek III,” represented by Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (tasneemgallery.com)

BENJAMIN BOONE plays a Mark VI alto sax (Frank Wells mouthpiece/Fibracell Premiere reeds); and a Yanagisawa SC-991 curved soprano (Bari 64 mouthpiece/Légère Signature Series reeds); with a Jazzlab harness.

BERNARD AYISA endorses P. Maureat Saxophones

For more information, visit: www.benjaminboone.net

Press: Terri Hinte +1.510.234-8781; hudba@sbcglobal.net

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Benjamin Boone Fresno, California

Benjamin Boone is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, professor, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ghana (2017-18) and the Republic of Moldova (2006). His Origin Records album THE POETRY OF JAZZ was #3 "Best Album of 2018" in the 83rd Annual Downbeat Readers Poll and featured on NPR's All Things Considered, The Paris Review and many others. Websites: BenjaminBoone.net & OriginArts.com ... more

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