by Roni Ben-Hur


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With Signature, Roni Ben-Hur releases his fourth and most compelling CD as a leader. The guitarist, composer, arranger, educator, and author won high praise from jazz critics around the world for his three previous recordings, Backyard, Sofia's Butterfly, and Anna's Dance. His jazz guitar eloquence, diverse material, and ingenious guitar solos and contribution to the group dynamic shine forth on nine exceptional songs that range from original compositions to covers of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Harold Arlen, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Cole Porter. The set opens with "Mama Bee," a brisk, bright original based on the chord changes of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm." Villa-Lobos' well-known series of Bach-influenced compositions called the "Bachiana Brasileiras" is represented here by an aria from "Bachiana Brasileiras No. 2," which captivates listeners for nearly ten minutes with its colors, intense passion, and melody. Ben-Hur's beautiful and meticulous arrangement is performed with eloquence and illustrates the timelessness and ingenuity of Bach and the great musicality of Villa-Lobos. Listen closely to top picks "Blues in the Night," "Choro No. 1," and the strong, reverent "Eretz" for a more insightful understanding into Ben-Hur's musical depth. However, every song on this recording is exquisite and is communicated with the utmost quality that exemplifies and resonates Roni Ben-Hur's signature sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Reservoir Records
UPC: 0747985018124
catalogNumber: 181
Rank: 173896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roni Ben-Hur   Primary Artist,Guitar
John Hicks   Piano
Rufus Reid   Bass,Double Bass
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Leroy Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Heitor Villa-Lobos   Composer
John Hicks   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jim Anderson   Engineer
Mark Feldman   Producer,Audio Production
Mack Gordon   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Roni Ben-Hur   Composer
Kayla Feldman   Executive Producer
B. Robert Johnson   Session Photographer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Bob Bernotas   Liner Notes

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