Face The Music, 2008, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Pop+Jazz
O’s Notes: This is an unusual blend of klezmer, Caribbean and Middle Eastern music. Brian plays trombone, composed four and arranged all eleven of the tunes in this amalgamation of rhythms. Surprisingly the reggae beats are a good conjunction with the Jewish melodies notably on “Papirosn”, “Jahdonai” and “Avadim Hayenu”. The cast of musicians includes Charles Neville (sax), Alicia Svigals (violin) and Frank London (t). They really swing on “Di Grine Kuzine”, our favorite track. Kudos to Bender for having the creativity and courage to make this combination work.