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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Friday, January 8, 2010 - 8:00pm

Ben Perowsky Quartet

Chris Speed, tenor saxophone + clarinet
Ted Reichman, accordion
Trevor Dunn, double-bass
Ben Perowsky, drums

"Ben Perowsky is another drummer-composer who drifts in and out of jazz circles, though his style skews brawnier and more direct. On his absorbingly rugged new album, “Esopus Opus” (Skirl), he leads a band with the accordionist Ted Reichman, the bassist Drew Gress and the multireedist Chris Speed — musicians who also happen to work in [John] Hollenbeck’s signature group, the Claudia Quintet. That overlap is a minor distraction on the album, noticeable mainly at insinuative tempos, like the one that guides George Harrison’s “Within You Without You.” On more knockabout fare, including a swaggering take on “Manic Depression,” by Jimi Hendrix, the band clears its own space, sounding wily and athletic. The playing is sharp, the rapport effortless, and the original tunes, variously busy or bleary, are worth hearing for the commitment they inspire." -Nate Chinen, The New York Times

One of the most accomplished drummers of his generation, Ben Perowsky’s notable career has placed him among a small vanguard of players able to move between jazz, experimental music and cutting edge pop and rock. Perowsky began his early performing life with jazz legend James Moody, pop songstress Rickie Lee Jones and R&B star Roy Ayers. He went on to tour and record with Miles Davis’ sidemen Bob Berg, Mike Stern and later John Scofield. He has collaborated with numerous artists since including Elysian Fields, Joan as Policewoman, John Medeski, Uri Caine, Steven Bernstein, John Zorn, Ronnie Cuber, Dave Douglas, Walter Becker and John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards.