Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton - played by the Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford will be available for purchase on February 17.
Pianist Ben Markley, along with special guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, celebrates one of the more influential and beloved figures in jazz through this unique project, showcasing many of the late pianist and composer Cedar Walton's most revered tunes through new arrangements for big band. Performing iconic compositions such as 'Hindsight,' 'Bolivia,' and 'Holy Land,' Markley brings together fellow faculty members from the University of Wyoming and top-flight Denver-area musicians to produce an honest and swinging recording that honors Cedar Walton while presenting his music in a bright new light. 'Ben has found a way to embrace the music of Cedar Walton and transform it into stellar big band arrangements that express his voice, sound and musical genius. ' - TERELL STAFFORD'. . . to hear a big band's interpretation of Cedar's music has to be the most beautiful thing I have ever heard in my life!. . . I know Cedar is beaming at the results!!' - MARTHA WALTON . . .“Wonderful! Masterful writing and orchestration, all in the proper context of Cedar. Ben plays his ass off!” DAVID HAZELTINE.
Ben Markley - Piano
Steve Kovalcheck - Guitar
Ken Walker - Bass
Chris Smith - Drums
Album design - John Bishop
Recording Engineer and Mixing - Colin Bricker. Mighty Fine Productions
Mastering Phil Bulla - Platinum Productions