Ben Woolman | Many Moods

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Many Moods

by Ben Woolman

"Ben Woolman's recording, Many Moods, presents a universe of feeling on just six strings." - Radio Heartland Host, Minnesota Public Radio, Dale Connelly
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. One Afternoon
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2. Invisible Sun
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3. Sadie's Smile
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4. Mazurka Dance
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5. Picture of Romance
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6. Salamander Swing
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7. Me, Myself, and You
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8. Up and Back
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9. Wicked Ascent
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10. Blake Says
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11. Legends of the Fall
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
One man. One guitar. Many moods.

Floating Feather Music is pleased to introduce, Many Moods, the fourth solo CD by
Minnesota based finger-style guitarist, Ben Woolman. His latest effort offers the listener
a diverse mix of musical genres ranging from the 1920s through the present century. In
a sense, it is a nod to the history of finger-style guitar as well as an example of
contemporary development of the style. This cosmopolitan collection features 8 original
compositions and 3 arrangements with melodies hinting at the regional influences of:
Latin America, Africa, Ireland, Eastern Europe, and the US, and evoking colors of:
sunshine, sorrow, soul, funky, energy, joy, drama, and hope. Not since his debut CD,
Lost in Density, has there been such a comprehensive representation of his abilities; a
pleasant intermingling of diverse musical influences which in turn showcase his virtuosic
skill and range of musical expression. It is a fine balance between intellect and intuition.
According to Ben, "This project comes the closest to representing the many aspects of
who I am as a player. It is a very personal statement with a splash of academia. Get to
know this music and you will get to know me."


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John P. Olsen NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

The Many Moods of Ben Woolman
Ben Woolman is a solo guitarist from Minnesota specializing in finger style performances on steel string guitar who amazes his audiences by an ability to layer cross and counter rhythms in relative fashion to the primary melody which gives the impression of multiple performers at his side. Performing with multiple artists is not the case at all here, in fact his blending of harmonies and counter rhythms at the solo level are also without the assistance of dubbing, making his individual abilities a much rarer find than many other guitarists in the solo category. Many Moods is his current release that projects his unique abilities in finger style guitar and this latest is another fine example of his more expansive 10 total albums that Ben Woolman has produced during his lifetime. In addition, his longtime repertoire while playing guitar encompasses many genre elements like Folk, Blues, Jazz, Neo Classical, Latin, Celtic, and African, fusing many interwoven components that attest to his proficiency at a complicated technique. Excelling in finger style guitar is precisely what makes the signature style of Ben Woolman quite unique. In a perfectionist blend of layered counter rhythms, the applause given at the end of any performance goes to Ben Woolman alone and his singular talent for mastering the intricate counter melody technique. The University of Wisconsin is one of the only colleges in the United States offering a degree in finger style guitar and exactly where Ben studied under a cooperative program with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with honors in Guitar Performance which nicely enhance his natural composing and performance abilities. Many Moods features 11 songs that offer a nice variation in manner and perception with 8 original compositions that do attain the numerous mood variations this aptly named album suggests. The 3 remaining songs are renditions of The Police, Blind Blake and James Horner, and the challenging task of incorporating Rock, Jazz, and Cinematic music forms into Solo Guitar is pulled off with ease. One Afternoon is the first song on the Many Moods album and one nice characterization of his individual style given the Folk with a light hearted feel similar in mood to Contemporary Sadie’s Smile. Lighter images appear in a more contemplative Me, myself and You and faster paced Up and Back is a nice progressive piece, along with the briskly paced rhythms in Wicked Ascent. A more Jazz style orientation can be heard in Salamander Swing and then Blake Says is an upbeat Blues tune that is sure to make you smile. Mazurka Dance is a World & Latin influenced piece and another bright number that highlights his proficiency at finger style guitar. The 3 renditions make great listening too, and this entire album is a fine introduction to not only a proficient artist, but a wonderful musician that kindly restructures his challenging handiwork into uncomplicated and relaxing moods on our behalf.