Ear to Ear: Ben Monder

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Virtuoso guitarist and composer Ben Monder has stretched, altered and reconstructed the definition of Jazz guitar, lending his own unique sound to the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Motian Octet, among others. Monder also performs his original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann.

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Comments [12]

David Schwartz from Madison, WI

"Rooms of Light" is counted in 6/4 with a bar of 3/16 thrown in every 13 measures. But that's just the beginning. Then I counted a bar of 27/16, at which point I stopped counting and just decided to enjoy the music.

Metric modulations have been given a bad rep by prog rock and fusion (though, I am a fan of both styles), but if they are used in service of the composition as opposed to one's ego, you sometimes don't even notice them.

Jan. 28 2009 10:32 AM
GT from Long Island

Thanks David

Nov. 23 2008 09:15 AM
David Garland from WNYC studio

"I Want to Know Why," and the other blues songs played tonight come from the album "Can't Keep from Crying: Topical Blues on the Death of President Kennedy." It should be generally available; I got it through

Nov. 22 2008 11:08 PM
GT from Long Island

LP - sorry

Nov. 22 2008 10:57 PM
GT from Long Island

no, it was a few songs before this lip

Nov. 22 2008 10:57 PM
ben from port st.lucie

is it a lp playing right now dave

Nov. 22 2008 10:53 PM
GT from Long Island

Can someone please tell me the name of the artist DAvid played a few minutes ago. The song was titled "I Wonder Why", it was a blues piece relating to the JFK assassination. I would also likemto know if sheet music is available, thanks

Nov. 22 2008 10:45 PM
Bill from Mamaroneck

I was younger than you, I'd just turned 4.
All I can remember is that at the time I was under the impression that if someone was shot but not immediately killed, then doctors could take the bullet out and fix them.

As I recall it, the first reports said he was shot and later when they said he had died, I remember asking my mother, "why didn't the doctors fix him?"

Thanks for the amazing Ben Monder music.

Nov. 22 2008 10:25 PM
ralph from Morningside Heights

11/22/1963 I was in Junior High School in Suburban New Jersey. The sad news was communicated first that President Kennedy was shot, and then, later, that he was dead. Instead of panic at that time, I recall, it was
a time of disbelief, of incredulity. School
closed early that day.

8 years later, I had the opportunity to meet Senator Edward Kennedy at an event held held
in his then residence in suburban Virginia. He shook my hand, and I looked into his eyes. The sadness that was in his eyes was unmistakable; I will never forget that, ever.

Nov. 22 2008 10:20 PM
paul cooper from newjersey

november 22 1963 basic trainning army

Nov. 22 2008 09:38 PM
Tom Dermako from Nyack

Enjoying the show very much and was wondering if Ben was influenced at all by Robert Fripp.


Nov. 22 2008 08:43 PM
jon doty from ossining

how do you count "windows of light", thanks

Nov. 22 2008 08:29 PM

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