Benjamin Schnake is reviewed by Jazz Weekly with The Joy of Playing

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Benjamin Schnake Ensemble


by George Harris

Benjamin Schnake CD Cover

Benjamin Schnake plays mostly nylon but occasionally plugs in on this lithe mix of Brazilian with Dave Pietro/as, Sunhyun Yoo/as-ss, Tim Struven/ts, John Blevins/tp, Eric Quinn/tb, Jennifer Wharton/btb, Ammon Swinbank/fl in a mix and match along with a rhythm team of Santiago Leibson/p, Gui Duvignau/b and Paul Shaw/dr. With only Yoo in the horn section, Schnake delivers a graceful samba on “Fragment” while with Swinbank he switches to mandolin to create dainty droplets of joy on the almost Oriental “Lakitas”. With the horns, Leibson and Schnake sway through a Latinized take of Charles Mingus’ classic “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and the team is joyful on the smooth sailing of “Marisol”. Breezy beach sounds.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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