With High Heart
Ben Wendel made a very personal, direct album, in which the interaction between his melodic tenor sax and the wordless vocals of Michael Mayo is particularly striking. The band that resulted from the album consists of absolute top musicians from New York , including pianists/keyboardists Gerald Clayton and Shai Maestro, who previously performed with their own bands at the BIMHUIS.
Ben Wendel is a versatile musician, who effortlessly switches from tenor sax to bassoon and from jazz to classical, funk or West Coast hip-hop. He was born in Vancouver, grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. He became known with the group Kneebody and in addition to jazz musicians, he worked with Prince and Snoop Dogg, among others.