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Ken Fowser’s “Now Hear This” 11 originals built for hard, no-frills blowing

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Tenorist Ken Fowser isn’t one to waste time or mince words on distractions peripheral to musical expression, particularly when there’s a seasoned band under his name available to engage in the same. Now Hear This! reflects that directness of character and intent in both title and content with a program of eleven originals built for hard, no-frills blowing. His colleagues on the date are compar ...Read More

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March 25th, 2017 at 6:58 pm

Free wheeling jazz with a swagger – “Now Hear This” by Ken Fowser

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Last year, when we reviewed Ken Fowser’s initial CD as band leader, (his previous issues for PosiTone shared the limelight with co-leader Behn Gillece) Standing Tall, (http://www.audaud.com/ken-fowser-standing-tall-posi-tone/) our conclusion was that Fowser was spot on in bringing hard bop fans a solid set of free wheeling jazz with a swagger. He once again shares the front line with trumpeter, ...Read More

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February 15th, 2017 at 4:08 pm

All About Jazz says “Now Hear This!” by Ken Fowser

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Taking a cue from some of the other smaller jazz-based labels, Posi-Tone has done a remarkable job over the past few years of building a roster of budding talents worthy of wider recognition. Part of the allure of such an endeavor is the ability to see the evolution of an artist’s muse unfolding like a rose. Those in the know have heard from tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser through his partnersh ...Read More

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February 13th, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Jazz da Gama tells us how Behn Gillece cuts to the quick on “Dare To Be”

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It takes but one ‘third’ to recognise the ‘hand’ of Art Tatum in ‘Willow Weep for Me’, a ‘flatted fifth’ to pick out Charlie Parker in any orchestral line up, a ‘seventh’ to do the same with Milt Jackson and while it may take a little while to pick out Behn Gillece from a flurry of notes, his vivid harmonic approach to the vibraphone is fast becoming his indelible signature, qu ...Read More

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September 13th, 2016 at 11:59 am

On “Dare To Be” there is a blend of vibes and guitar that creates a more open, airy, and at times ethereal quality.

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With the recent passing of the great Bobby Hutcherson, inarguably one of the five most important jazz vibraphonists in the instrument’s (relatively brief) history, east coast vibist Behn Gillece’s new recording, Dare to Be, is coming along at just the right time. When an icon leaves us, it is natural to wonder who will fill the void, or who will carry on the legacy the artist established durin ...Read More

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September 10th, 2016 at 10:48 am

Jazzed Magazine says the moment is right for Ben Gillece’s “Dare To Be”

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As crazy as it may sound, learning how to be your true self doesn‘t happen overnight. It takes quite a while for musicians to get comfortable in their own skin, find their real voice, and dare to move forward toward their musical ideal. For vibraphonist Behn Gillece, that level of comfort is now a reality and the moment is right and ripe for such a move. After releasing a series of well received ...Read More

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August 29th, 2016 at 11:12 am

Bird is the Worm lays down the law on “Dare To Be” by Behn Gillece

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There should be a law that compels every vibraphonist on the jazz scene to record one album per year with a guitarist.  Of the pool of possible combinations, the marriage of those two instruments is one of the happier pairings there is, and this holds true whether the form of expression is one that stretches out to the fringes of jazz or if the music plants itself dead center in jazz territory.  ...Read More

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August 9th, 2016 at 11:17 pm

All About Jazz has great things to say about “Dare To Be” by Behn Gillece

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When it comes to jazz vibraphone, the names of Stefon Harris and Warren Wolf are most likely to be found on a list of contemporary leaders. Add to that now the name of Behn Gillece, a gentleman who has been honing his skills on the New York scene since 2006. His talents first came to the attention of this reviewer having been a spirited voice on Walt Weiskopf‘s most recent albums, Overdrive ...Read More

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August 8th, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Behn Gillece new one “Dare To Be” reviewed by Midwest Record

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The vibe ace might have dedicated this set to Gary Burton, but he tips the cap to Bobby Hutcherson as well.  And he probably has Milt Jackson in the back of his mind.  A different sounding set that what he’s turned in on past dates, Gillece is in command of his ax as well as his position as a leader.  Quite an engaging date that’s a real tonic for jaded (Tjaded?) ears, this is a swell servi ...Read More

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July 18th, 2016 at 12:23 am

Jazziz Magazine tells us about “Standing Tall” by Ken Fowser

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Having co-led three sessions with vibraphonist Behn Gillece on Posi-Tone Records, saxophonist and composer Ken Fowser is a staple of the imprint. However, he’s just now releasing his first album for Posi-Tone under his name alone. The aptly titled Standing Tall proves an auspicious debut, as Fowser displays his lush and heady tenor sound on a set of bluesy original compositions. Leading a like-m ...Read More

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June 24th, 2016 at 8:55 am