In The Tree

Ben Lee Quintet

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Jazz, Contemporary
Stoney Lane Records
October 21, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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Ben Lee, the hotly-tipped young guitarist and composer, releases his debut album In The Tree on Birmingham's Stoney Lane Records this autumn, featuring ten original tracks inspired by a host of eclectic musicians, from fellow guitarists Wes Montgomery and John Schofield to Nirvana and Radiohead.

His beguiling quintet explore the many sounds and combinations of its unorthodox line-up, featuring guitar, alto sax, trombone, organ and drums, creating an album full of punchy horn lines, groove, invention and no lack of warmth and technical prowess.

Originally from Devon, Ben studied jazz guitar at Birmingham Conservatoire, but his great number of varied influences spread above and beyond the musical and academic worlds, and are at the core of his writing and personality running through the album. The jaunty Kickin The Chicken takes inspiration from his time in Malawi, drawing on the music of heroes Montgomery and Sonny Rollins, whilst the opening Folk Theme was written with strong reflections on dystopian novels, and the conflict and coexistence between two nation states. First Contact is Ben's tribute to his love of sci-fi - the tale of man's first communication with extra terrestrial life, whereas the guitar-led ballad Hygge (featuring the trio of Lee, David Ferris' organ and drummer Euan Palmer) was composed following Ben's 2014 adventure in Denmark, taking its title from the Danish word describing the feeling of cosyness shared with other people.

The title track In The Tree describes the simple pleasure of nature and climbing a tree, ever higher, until the branches run out!

With beautifully drawn original artwork from Ning-Ning Lee.

Press Quotes

‘... all that skill, plus a hugely eclectic range of influences and a great dollop of wit and good humour, and which on top of all that sounds thoroughly original... it's a real treat.’ </div>

The Jazz Breakfast

"For me the most eye catching soloist was Lee who played with power, precision and astonishing technical prowess as he explored the conventional range of his instrument and beyond…"

Ian Mann – The Jazz Man

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Key Value
Catalogue number SLR1892LP
Barcode 5052442009733
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 65g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 6mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Folk Theme 04:06
2. In The Tree 03:30
3. First Contact 05:40
4. Hygge 04:28
5. Beginning Of The End 05:30
6. Drone 04:09
7. Scratching The Itch 03:33
8. Kickin' The Chicken 04:09
9. Nirvana 08:37
10. Skateboarding On My Own 01:23