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Remembered Faces/Private Places

by Ben Black

"His voice is singularly gorgeous," JAZZ TIMES An international playlist of songs from Armenia,Ireland,Japan,Latin America,as well as the U.S.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. I Remember
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2. South Pacific Medley
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3. A Felicidade
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4. Wait till you see her
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5. Chinar Es
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6. Kojo No Tsuki
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7. Somewhere
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8. Si Tu No Estas
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9. Irish Medley
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10. Medley: Old Friend
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Album Notes

The earliest influences for me were in listening to my parent's records. I was influenced by my mothers love of Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66, The Singers Unlimited, Nina Simone, and so many of the great musicals of that era. As a young teen I uncovered Mom's old recording of "Sarah Vaughan at Kelly's. This album was a real spiritual awakening for me.

These early beginnings and interests in diverse cultures are reflected in my music. My ancestry is armenian, slovenian, german, and scotch/ irish. I borrow from other cultures with respect and gratitude, the nuances of diversity in an ever-changing world.

Music is the poetry of the heart. It's honesty cuts through boundaries where nothing else can. It often takes the mask off of age-old ills that lurk in all cultures. This is one of the lofty and real goals and effects of lead us to a better understanding of all, to see beyond the outward and obvious.... to learn to love and be loved.

There is an early part of my experience to share that is such an influence of love in my life. It is the summers of my childhood, spent with my family on my grandparents ranch. It was here that I experienced the endless joys of being a boy in the country, the awe of childhood, feeling truly connected to the earth, nature, and the sights and sounds around me. I can still remember all the wonderful smells of freshly baked bread, of the herbal lotions and liniments that grandma used, and the sweet country air.

The awe and wonder and innocence and mystery of childhood.... The feeling of connectedness with your land and your people. Their poetry, their music of the country is my roots. It is the influence of this music and love that so molds and shapes my music, casting its complexion throughout. No matter where I go, or what happens, this eternal wellspring of love lives in my heart.

The family has changed; people have grown up and passed on. The end of an era. But the raw richness of this heritage is untouchable, and I will cherish it forever.

As an evolving singer/songwriter my music, my arrangements, my thoughts, and my preparation of it, all reflect in some way a measure of this certainty, that as we explore the world in this age of confusion and anxiety, seeing still the continuing inequities of racism and prejudice. We individually and collectively face up to it, seek answers, perhaps not finding them, yet continue to live and create with reverence and love.

Listen to my music. It is my message to each heart that listens to my song.

This is Ben Black the man and his music


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donna kimura

Black sings songs from Armenia, Japan, Brazil and other locales.
Ben Black distinguishes himself from the rest of the pack. First, there is his hauntingly beautiful voice capable of hitting high notes that most male singers never reach. Then, there is his treasure chest of surprises and unconventional material.He succeeds on a flawless Irish medley of “Danny Boy” and “My Wild Irish Rose.Throughout the album, the musical accompaniment is sparse and classy.
Black does a splendid job on the Armenian “Chinar Es.” He also wraps his tongue around the old Japanese song “Kojo No Tsuki.” Black proves that he is a strong and original interpreter of song no matter the language.
Overall, the Seattle-based singer is so earnest and has so much to say in song, you can’t help but like him.

Origin records

Recorded after months of studying Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.
Black's flawless approach to the lyrics and his deep connectedness to the songs create a truly "time-stands-still" experience for the listener

C. Paris

One of Seattle’s most distinctive voices
Critically acclaimed Ben Black,recalls Little Jimmy Scott and Chet Baker in the timbre and pitch of his voice. The songs speak about being kinder to each other, on an individual level and to society as a whole.

All Music Guide

"gorgeous and winsome"
Black addresses the tunes with his pure voice in a hushed, gentle, subtle, almost poetic manner. gorgeous and winsome.Danny Boy" is virtually guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes of anyone from or with ties to the Emerald Isle. Another real heart-tugger is "Si Tu No Estas," done with just the backing of the acoustic guitar of Marco de Carvalho.


Beautiful music sung by a unique and sensitive voice.
I loved this cd for it's wonderful and unique treatment of standards and folk songs from around the world. Ben Black's voice is pure, emotional and full of depth. The song selections and the arrangements are also wonderful. My favorite song is "Somewhere" by Sondheim/Bernstein. I was quite blown away by Ben's version of Kojo No Tsuki sung in Japanese. This is a very special and heartfelt album!