northern sky magazine - liam wilkinson
British born LA sax man Benn Clatworthy played an impressive set on Friday afternoon which was just as sharp and smart as the musician himself, who arrived on stage looking like a Mad Men cast member in his crisp grey suit and magenta tie. Whilst Rod Young scoured each nook and cranny for some intriguing drum fills and pianist John Donaldson and bassist Simon Thorpe were given plenty of room to explore their own seemingly limitless prowess, Clatworthy seemed to empty his very soul into his sax to produce some surprisingly delicate melodies. His version of Lennon/McCartney's Here, There and Everywhere was unlike the usual jazz readings of the piece, with some interesting repositionings of melody and a dreamlike mood that was sustained throughout. Clatworthy also performed a strikingly original version of Limehouse Blues, founded unconventionally on an attractive minor key.
henry "the skipper" franklin
"Mr. Clatworthy is a jazz musician following in the footsteps of his master and king Mr. John Coltrane. Benn takes no prisoners and is constantly searching for the next level. If you get an opportunity to hear him, take your seat belt and buckle it tight."
Hugh Masakela, Hampton Hawes, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Butchers, Harold Land
"I can’t thank Benn enough for putting me in the right place in my musical career. Not only did he open my ears to a whole new world of improvisation, but he nurtured my passion for practicing and discipline. Plus, he’s one of the finest improvisers on the planet. I will forever be grateful for his guidance and help.”
Poncho Sanchez, The Big Phatt Band, David Bowie, Stanley Clark, Bob Dylan, Terrance Blanchard
"Benn Clathworthy's sax artistry involves all the knowledge, passion, control, emotion and inventiveness expected from a true Master."
Grammy Nominated Arranger and Pianist
Dianne Reeves, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour, Gino Vannelli, Arturo Sandoval
"Benn Clatworthy plays jazz with passion, soul and authority. All steeped in tradition and roots. I always look forward to seeing him on gigs."
Grammy Nominated Pianist, Composer and Arranger
Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, George Duke
"Benn Clatworthy one of the best tenor players on the scene today."
Stanley Clarke, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Quincy Jones, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt
"Benn Clatworthy's presence on any recording session or gig clearly states that the level of professionalism will be at the highest level."
Master Music Producer, Songwriter and Arranger
Marvin Gaye, Count Basie, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Anita Baker