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Album Review

Ben Sidran's most fully realized recording, Cool Paradise brings the sound he'd been working on since On the Cool Side five years earlier to full bloom. Utilizing the working band he'd been playing with over that period, Sidran achieves a smooth blend of traditionally structured jazz colored with contemporary textures. Bobby Mallach's sax work is especially appealing, and Sidran's singing, still cool and relaxed, sounds better than ever. The compositions, most by Sidran himself, are compelling, and the sonic clarity of the recording is a pleasure to listen to. With arrangements reminiscent of Al Jarreau in his popular heyday, and a vocal style that crosses Michael Franks with Mose Allison, it's surprising that Sidran hasn't become better known in pop and contemporary jazz circles.

Customer Reviews

Ben is Great and so is Billy!!!!

This album is a must to download. If you are into the jazz sound Ben is tops and innovative and he is so tight with his band. BILLY PETERSON his bassist is the best I have ever heard. He is with the Steve MIller band as well. He is such a fantastic musician and bassist on electric as well as the stand up. I had the pleasure of watching him live in Minneapolis at the Dakota at his family Christmas show and he really stood out on the bass....what a phenom!!!! Download won't regret!!!


Born: August 14, 1943 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Pianist Ben Sidran grew up in Racine, WI. In the early '60s, he played with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs in a band called the Ardells at the University of Wisconsin. After Miller moved to San Francisco and secured a recording contract, he called on old friend Sidran to join him in the Steve Miller Band following the departure of original keyboardist Jim Peterman. Sidran contributed on the keys and as songwriter on several Miller albums beginning with Brave New World in 1969, co-writing the classic...
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