Ben LaMar Gay is a Chicago-born, sometime Brazilian based creative spirit.
A perpetual wanderer, his work sits under the songwriter bracket but has much in common with the continual innovation of Don Cherry, say.
There's an awareness of jazz in his work, a fondness for sharp edges, sudden about-turns, and focussing on the unexpected.
New album 'Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun' arrives on May 4th, with Ben making an all-too-rare visit to London next month.
We're able to share new song 'Muhal', and it underlines the patchwork nature of the Chicago born artist's work.
Initially sketched out for a project called Grapes in 2013, it features Rob Frye (of Bitchin Bajas) on flute and bass clarinet.
Trivia note: the lyrics Ben sings in the verses are actually just a list of titles of albums made by Muhal Richard Abrams (the AACM-founding Chicago avant garde piano giant, who sadly passed away late last year).
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Catch Ben LaMar Gay at London's Total Refreshment Centre on April 1st - tickets.
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