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BEN NEILL PRESS QUOTES

A creative composer, genius performer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet. Time Out NY

Ben Neill is a musical powerhouse, a serious and individual talent. Time Out London

Ben Neill is using a schizophrenic trumpet to create art music for the people. Wired Magazine

The Demo offers hints of the era through sounds of protests and musical allusions to 1960s psychedelia and West Coast jazz. But the heavy beats are more reminiscent of Electronic Dance Music, transplanting “The Demo” to the present day.       London Daily Mail                        

Masterfully blurs the lines between electronic dance music and jazz sounds. Billboard

Neill’s astonishing mutantrumpet blends brass and computer with wit, beauty and solid musicianship. Village Voice

9 out of 10 rating…Ben Neill is a mad scientist, and he has discovered the formula that breaks musical barriers. Mixmag

Ben Neill plays an instrument he designed called the mutantrumpet, a three-belled trumpet that allows him to shift sonorities instantaneously, from muted to open, clear to froggy.   New York Times

Neill works with harmonies based on numerical relationships that produce spiritually powerful resonances. The result is trippy, otherworldly and seamlessly groovy.   Interview Magazine

Ben Neill is the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz…an inventive and stimulating voyage. CMJ Monthly

Calling Ben Neill a trumpeter is like calling Mr. Spock a frequent flyer…as vibrant as the galaxies beyond, both adventurous and artful. Boston Phoenix

Night Science is forward-sounding and wildly beat-conscious; it’s a creation that looks at rhythm, jazz, African funk, grime, and dubstep with fresh ears and a bold compositional sensibility that extends both soundworld science and electronic music to a horizon that extends as far as the ear — and the imagination — can hear.  Allmusic Guide

A great sonic alchemist…luscious, seductive and quite addictive. All About Jazz

The mutantrumpet, like its name would suggest, is a freak of sound—a work of heretofore unseen electro-acoustic brilliance.
All About Jazz

If he were around today, Miles Davis would unequivocally be picking up on what Ben Neill is laying down.”  All About Jazz                            

Abstract, hexagonal, world-beat songs…If Baz Lurhmann and Laurie Anderson got stoned listening to late-night college-radio electro-pop, Persephone is what they’d hallucinate. NY Magazine

At its bewitching best Persephone evokes a French neoclassical painting that has magically bloomed into three dimensions…shimmery electro-pop songs sung by Ms. Goese in a throaty voice that recalls Kate Bush and a number of other alt-radio goddesses.  NY Times

A multimedia musical extrav-o-rama…like Moulin Rouge with a soundtrack by Cocteau Twins or Dead Can Dance.   Culturebot           

A raucous orchestra of romantic 19th-century-born instruments swells and deflates…symphonic sounds with rock and trip-hop elements. NY Press

Goese and Neill make art songs for the indie set, fusing melodies by classical composers—Berlioz, Strauss, Grieg, and more—with fresh lyrics on Songs for Persephone. The result is ageless and arresting music.Utne Reader