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Watch new video for Ben Wendel's 'Song Song'

Chris Maskell

Over the past few months, we've heard rumblings about What we Bring, saxophonist Ben Wendel's impending release on Motéma Music, featuring several of his regular associates — pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Joe Sanders, and drummer Henry Cole. Today (Thursday), the Vancouver-born, Brookyln-based musician gave us a first taste of what we can expect on the disc in an exclusive JazzTimes video premiere

Using a catchy bassline and upbeat groove as its foundation, "Song Song" sees the quartet making use of the tune's deceptively simple form to create a feel-good atmosphere. Here, Wendel shows us that jazz compositions don't have to be mind-bogglingly complicated to make a deep statement  — the group makes sophisticated music throughout the relatively concise track. 

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