by Jim Hynes, Making A Scene

“Bandleader and multi-reedist, the English-born and now L.A. based Benn Clatworthy, returns with does his long-standing sextet, the totally acoustic System 6, with Tales From the Backyard, a follow-up to last year’s Bennie’s Lament, which we covered on these pages.  Initially this writer felt that this one features more ensemble playing and more contributions from the sextet than its predecessor where Clatworthy had most of the solos, but perhaps his Coltrane-like take on its title track swayed my memory. All considered, like that one, this is another democratic outing with plenty of room to stretch out for all musicians in the sextet which underwent some changes in the rhythm section.”

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