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Empty Rooms

by Ben Cosgrove

Versatile young composer and multi-instrumentalist returns with a quiet and understated sophomore release
Genre: Classical: Tone Poem
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1. Harbor
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2. On Acrobats & Calculus
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3. Distant Music (Song for Michael Furey)
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4. Toulouse #4
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5. Unfolding
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6. Many Waters (Elegy for Dana, Enfield, Prescott, Greenwich)
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7. New Salem
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8. Public Alley 429
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9. Shoulder High
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10. Come Down
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11. Armory Road
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12. Anchor & Crane
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13. All That Surrounds It (postscript)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Characterized by notable increases in musicianship and emotional heft from 2005’s Kaleidoscope, Ben Cosgrove's new record, Empty Rooms, guides the listener on a thirteen-track journey through instrumental settings that vary from the lushly orchestrated closer “Anchor and Crane” to “Armory Road,” a short piece for solo ukulele

Empty Rooms brings with it a focus on program music; each song is tied to something “larger than itself,” as Cosgrove points out in the liner notes, be that history, place, literature, or philosophy. The centerpiece of the record for instance, the bleak and sprawling “Many Waters,” is a tribute to the four Central Massachusetts towns that were flooded in the 1930s to create the Quabbin Reservoir. To compose the piece, Cosgrove traveled out to hike all around the Quabbin, interviewed the members of the local historical society, and spent months extensively researching the towns that were lost and the families that were displaced.

As on his previous recordings, Cosgrove plays nearly all of the instruments on the album, in addition to composing, producing, and designing, but listeners will be pleased to find trumpeter Reynaldo Santana returning to play on three tracks. Other guest contributions by drummer Ben Burns and violinist Molly Siegel can be heard on “Unfolding,” a richly textured instrumental pop tune.

These pieces have a style and sound unique to all of Ben Cosgrove’s work. This album not only finds him honing that sound to a finer degree than ever before, but also using it to make some powerful artistic statements; Empty Rooms features his finest work to date.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
“Distant Music,” “Come Down,” “New Salem,” “Many Waters,” “Unfolding”


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Travel Companion
The beauty of traveling to a new place is that the acuity of all your senses dials up to fully experience the new locale. Ben takes all this experience from each location and successfully boils it down to music. When listening to this album you can close your eyes and completely immerse yourself in the experience of the locations for which the songs are written. I highly recommend this album whether you are actually traveling physically, or are just taking a half hour out of your day to let ben take you on a trip around the world.

dharmabum

absolutely lovely
Ben's music is beautiful in unexpected ways: a truly skillful blend of moods and sounds that changes every time you listen to it. The songs on this album fit together perfectly and contain a wide variety of evocative textures. The whole CD is thoughtfully assembled and wonderfully enjoyable. Strongly recommended.

david

good cd
there are some really good songs on this cd but i just bought ben's new album 'yankee division' and i have to say it's ten times better. empty rooms is fine but sounds more like a younger musician made it which i guess is true. buy 'come down' and 'harbor' and maybe 'many waters ' and 'new salem' but then definitely buy the whole cd for yankee division. actually there's a lot of other good songs on empty rooms too, better get the whole thing.