** Please note that digital downloads are available at the artist's website ** With special guests: 'This Place' and 'Hip, Hop & Jump' -- Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) on guitar and bass, Adam Deitch (John Scofield, Lettuce) on drums, Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) on saxophone. All other tracks -- Jose Gonzalez (Bando Criollo) on cuatro and guitar, Backa Niang (Gokh-Bi System) on percussion, and other special guests. Brian Bender plays trombone and keyboards on all tracks. ------------------------ REVIEWS ------------------------ "I have received your CD and it is FANTASTIC!! Everything from the art on the CD jacket to the liner notes to the music on the CD is first class. I have already scheduled several tracks to use on my music program on WNWR and wnwr.com in Philadelphia. My listeners are in store for a real treat when they hear the fresh and exuberant sound of your music. Your blending of the rhythms and the combination of traditional and new selections makes for a wonderfully varied and delightful listening experience. Thanks for the great new addition to my playlist!!" - Barry Reisman Program Host WNWR AM 1540 PHILADELPHIA 'I am the music manager for radio station PBS FM Melbourne Australia. We have just received your wonderful CDs 'Urban Jungle' and 'Eyn Velt'. Certainly two highly stylish CDs, incredibly sublime yet subtle, explorative, with exquisite composition choice and orchestration. These CDs are very passionate and intimate with colorful mood changes all joining together to create a vast musical tapestry of styles. The compositions you have chosen are stunning interpretations accentuated by your playing and by your very talented band, minimalist in nature at times but very rhythmic so as to not distract from the beauty of your playing. Your passion for the music shines through every note played, a truly wonderful partnership. World music-inspired Jazz is one of our most listened to and leading styles here at this station and in this city.' - Peter Merritt PBS FM (Melbourne, Australia) "Love the music...I can't wait to put it on the JazzXpress playlist. Amazing fusion of genres...YES! YES! YES!" - Helen Simons, JazzXpress 941FM Jazz Radio (Queensland, Australia) "Bender's trombone is an entire horn section, when needed, by himself." - Ari Davidov, Klezmershack "Brian Bender brought a truckload of trombone to the stage" - Irv Yarg, Hudson Valley Music ----------------------- BIOGRAPHY ------------------------ Brian Bender (trombone, trumpet, melodica, keyboards, percussion, composer) has performed in the Cape Verde Islands (West Africa), Egypt, Israel, Alaska, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as well as the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton. He is based in the Northeatern USA. Brian has formerly performed with O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian All-Stars, Kotoja (African World-Beat), Ibrahima Camera, Black Rebels (African Reggae), La Perfecta (Salsa/Merengue) and the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). He currently performs with the The Pangeans (World Beat), the Wholesale Klezmer Band, Lucky Seven (Caribbean Ska) and Big Bandemonium (Celtic). Brian has also performed in numerous tribute concerts for the legendary jazz bandleader Sun Ra at venues such as the Knitting Factory (NYC) and the Southern University of New Orleans. In 1989 Brian was asked by Art Blakey to "sit in" with the Jazz Messengers at the Great American Music Hall (San Francisco, CA). An interview with Brian in 1997 on the subject of Klezmer music was aired on National Public Radio. Brian performs frequently at festivals, concerts, clubs, parties, schools and cafes with various Jazz, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Calypso, Samba, Klezmer, Celtic and other groups. He also teaches lessons and workshops on trombone, piano and trumpet focusing on improvisation and playing music 'by ear.' He also teaches Jazz, Klezmer and original music ensembles to children and adults.