By: Mal Stanley, ABC.net.au
Bass player Ben Wolfe explores what it means to be a dad on his new record. Titled ‘Fatherhood,’ this release of mostly original music is partly a tribute to the US musician’s late father, while the tunes were also written in part as a reflection on his relationship with his own son.
In light of father’s day, we’re delving into the latest record from bassist Ben Wolfe. Best known for his work with the iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – Wolfe branches out on Fatherhood with his own ensemble – featuring an eclectic mix of heavyweight musicians, with appearances from Giveton Gelin (trumpet), JD Allen (sax), Steve Davis (trombone), Joel Ross (vibes) and pianists Luis Perdomo and Orrin Evans.
Ben’s father Dan was a musician himself. He was a classical violinist who had a deep love for all forms of music – and he passed that affection onto his son. For the recording, Wolfe expanded his outfit to include a string quartet on some of the tracks as a nod to his father and to his son, Milo.