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Naked Lore

by Ben Holmes

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xpatofthemind Don't be misled by the weird cover art, which seems to be some kind of freaky Goth reliquary. THIS IS A FABULOUS ALBUM!!!! I confess that I gave it a listen because it was linked in the Chant "Bandcamp Friday" email for April, but I'm so glad I did! The sound makes me think of Moorish Spain. Every track takes you somewhere different and surprising. Favorite track: Invocation I / Snake Money.
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“A soundtrack to the folk stories your grandparents vowed to forget”, Naked Lore is the brainchild of Ben Holmes, a trumpeter/composer who has worked with artists including Slavic Soul Party!, Vampire Weekend, Gogol Bordello and Cynthia Hopkins. His music conjures ancient sounds through the filter of 20+ years of study in jazz, klezmer, and classical music. Featuring master musicians Brad Shepik on guitar (Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley) and Shane Shanahan on percussion (Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass), the trio seemingly travels through thousands of years of history while remaining firmly rooted in the present moment, veering from tightly composed occultist chamber jazz to wild improvisation with the speed of a darting snake’s tongue.

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released April 24, 2020

All music composed and arranged by Ben Holmes (Svejk Music/ASCAP)
Ben Holmes (trumpet/rotary trumpet), Brad Shepik (nylon string guitar/Portuguese guitar/artchtop electric guitar), Shane Shanahan (percussion)
Recorded at Flux Studios on January 10th - 12th, 2019.
Recording Engineer: Damon Whittemore
Assistant recording engineer: Josh Welshman
Mixed and mastered by Damon Whittemore at ValveTone Studios.

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Ben Holmes New York, New York

Trumpeter/composer Ben Holmes lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His current projects as a leader or co-leader include Naked Lore and the Ben Holmes/Patrick Farrell Duo (for trumpet and accordion).

He has recorded two albums as a leader, 2012's Ben Holmes Trio and 2015's Anvil of the Lord) and three recordings of the Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell Duo.
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