By Greg Bryant, WBGO

“Ben-Hur’s new album, Stories, chronicles the latest chapter in his approach, combining songs from his childhood with originals that address more recent social issues and the quest for freedom. To realize his vision, the guitarist chose a lineup that includes trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, drummer Victor Lewis, pianist George Cables, bassist Harvie S and vocalists Tamuz Nissim and Magos Herrera. The assembled group had never recorded together as a unit, and the resultant work was a success.”

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