REVIEWS

Gladiator of the Sax.
— Manchester Evening News

Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins.
— Edinburgh Evening News

Brilliant.
— London Evening Standard

A Master Player.
— LA Weekly

Sublime.
— Jazz Times

Clatworthy proves practice makes perfect.
— LA Times

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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.

praise

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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
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otmoro ruiz

"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
 
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john beasley

"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
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doug webb

"Benn Clatworthy one of the best tenor players on the scene today."

Stanley Clarke, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Quincy Jones, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt
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nolan shaheed

"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