Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ben Monder - Oceana (2005)

Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra - Evanescence (1992)

A wide-ranging album of contemporary jazz/fusion from American guitarist Ben Monder. Solo pieces for acoustic guitar; abstract vocal fragments; woozy, low-key epics; and more. I found Monder through his affiliation with the brilliant Maria Schneider (see above) and was thrilled to discover that he's a gifted composer in his own right.

P.S. I found out like five minutes after initially posting this that he also played on motherfucking Blackstar, my favorite album of the past 10 years or so.

Track listing:
1. Still Motion
2. Light
3. Oceana
4. Echolalia
5. Double Sun
6. Rooms of Light
7. Spectre

Dinosaur skies

If you like this, listen to:
Terje Rypdal -
Terje Rypdal (1971)
Henry Threadgill & Make a Move -
Where's Your Cup? (1997)


  1. I noticed that you posted a link to Exoskeleton's 'Plutonian Man' in an earlier upload. The link died. Do you still have the album?

  2. Monder is a total artistic force of nature.