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Benadon, Fernando – “Intuitivo” – [Innova/American Composers]

Cousin Mary   6/15/2009   A Library, CD

First the seven musicians improvised freely with no instructions while Benadon recorded them. Then he cut and mixed their work together with very lovely results. Until I read the liner notes, I had no idea that this process had been used ??? it sounds like fine compositions, probably somewhat improvised. Occasionally the drum or bass give it a jazzy riff, but in general it is more reminiscent of minimalist composers like Steve Reich.

Fernando Benadon is a native of Buenos Aires who has studied jazz at Berklee and composition at UC-Berkeley.

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