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Ben Wendel

US: iTunes, Amazon CD, Amazon MP3
Canada: iTunes, Amazon CD

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Iconoclastic composer Frank Zappa once wrote, “The most important thing in art is the frame... without this humble appliance, you can’t know where the art stops and the real world begins.”

With his second solo album, Frame, saxophonist, bassoonist and composer Ben Wendel presents a gallery show of nine new pieces that approach that “humble appliance” — the frame — from multi-faceted angles: a snapshot of a pair of French patrons of the arts (“Jean and Renata”); an exotic portrait in rhythm (“Backbou”); the harmonic reframing of a masterpiece (“Con Alma”). But ultimately what the album amounts to is a framing of the self — a self-portrait by an artist who’s come to define his own singular voice.