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Monder, Ben / Oceana
Album:Oceana Collection:Jazz
Artist:Monder, Ben Added:10/2005
Label:Sunnyside Communications 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-10-30 Pull Date:2006-01-01 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:25 Dec18 Dec27 Nov20 Nov13 Nov6 Nov

 Recent Airplay
1.Aug 25, 2006:Memory Select
4.Nov 24, 2005:Trip Over (Athertonian) Bloodstains
Rooms Of Light
2.Dec 23, 2005:Memory Select
Rooms Of Light
5.Nov 18, 2005:Memory Select
3.Dec 16, 2005:Memory Select
6.Nov 18, 2005:beat.net chapter 26.0: winter
Still Motion

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-11-03 
Jazzy guitar with unusual twists. Monder plays a fast, dense style that's at once easy on the ears and sometimes hard to follow -- at his best, his stuff is gorgeously confusing (track 3). He also packs some more conventional tricks, such as the Americana-infused solo on #1 or the rock turns on #6, but there's not much here that you would classify as mainstream jazz guitar.

Tracks 1 and 5 are solo guitar. 3,4,6,7 add drums and bass for a nice trio setting. Theo Bleckman contributes atmospheric wordless vocals on most tracks.

1- Acoustic solo. Rapid fingerpicking; fast tumbling arpeggios
2- Choral-sounding vocal interlude
3- Fast-paced track packed with long, tangly waves of guitar. Dreamy, with an incongruous drum solo near the end.
4- Tumbling mid/fast melody, close to conventional jazz
5- Electric solo. Gentle chiming with dissonant and vaguely disturbing chords. Playful or dark, depends on your mood.
6- Grinding rock guitar, a dark prog sound. Gets gentler later on.
7- Delicate, slow

Track Listing
1.Still Motion 4.Echolalia
2.Light 5.Double Sun
3.Oceana 6.Rooms Of Light