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Portland Bassist Ed Bennett Releases New CD "En Route"

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Ed Bennett, longtime bassist for Carmen McRae, and member of the Mel Brown Quartet (and Saphu Records CEO) will release his fifth title as bandleader.

Ed Bennett will be having his CD Release Party on Friday September 3rd at Portland's prestigious jazz club, Jimmy Mak's, located at 221 NW 10th Ave. (between Davis and Everett).

He will be performing from 8pm to 12 midnight. $10 cover charge. For reservations call: (503) 295-6542

Ed Bennett has long been considered one of the West Coast's premiere string bass players. Since his arrival in 1990, Ed has become a mainstay in the Portland jazz community.

En Route features Bennett's clever be-bop flavored compositions penned for trumpet and tenor sax with rhythm section—piano, bass, and drums.

The fresh sounds of Bennett's original compositions are be-bop influenced, but unique with twists in their harmonic progressions and unusual forms. The musicians on this record date, Paul Mazzio on trumpet and Flugelhorn, Scott Hall on tenor and soprano sax, Dan Gaynor on piano, and Todd Strait (former longtime drummer for vocalist Karrin Allyson), are a winning combination both as accompanists and soloists for Bennett's originals.

10 original compositions from Ed are represented here, with an eleventh obscure standard present, “For Heaven's Sake."

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