"From saxophonist Joshua Redman to pianist Marcus Roberts to vocalist Gretchen Parlato, Thelonious Monk International Competition winners have risen to the vanguard of the modern jazz scene. On his debut album, State of Art, double bassist and 2009 winner Ben Williams presents an exciting musical concept that breathes in the present while being firmly rooted in tradition. Home, its opening track, rolls out skillfully chunky layers of soulful jazz via buoyant drumming, interlocking electric piano and guitar lines, effortless saxophone, and the D.C. native’s nimble yet assured bass lines." -- iTunes Store
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