Listen to Music

Thanks for visiting my Listen page- by following the below links you can stream all of my recordings for free.  If you like what you hear, please consider purchasing a CD or digital downloads.  Your support keeps the music alive!

All of my currently available recordings are listed below, but you can also visit the Music Vault to hear some:

New, Unreleased and Archival Recordings

Scores of all of my original compositions as pdfs are available for purchase.  Lead sheets in Concert, Bb, Eb and bass clef as well as full arrangements (where applicable) are available.  I’ll have them on the web-store here soon.  For now, feel free to contact me with any specific requests.

 


Bennett Paster

Relentless Pursuit of the Beautiful

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(Bennett Paster: 2012, Self-Released)

Bennett Paster (piano), Joel Frahm (tenor sax), Tim Armacost (tenor and soprano sax), Alex Norris (trumpet), Gregory Ryan (bass), Willard B. Dyson Jr. (drums), Gilad (percussion)

The disc is a broad-based modern jazz recording showcasing my latest compositions and arrangements for jazz quintet and sextet.  Joined by six of my absolute favorite instrumentalists, we effortlessly integrate swing with Latin and Brazilian rhythms to forge a contemporary, accessible style.  Our group interplay and unwavering melodicism render a rich, eminently listenable music that will draw you in and bring you along on our journey.

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Grupo Yanqui

Gregory Ryan and I share a love for modern Afro-Cuban and Afro-Latin jazz. Grupo Yanqui is the band we founded in 2000 to play our original music that’s influences start with these styles and extend into Brazilian, funk and R&B and elsewhere.

Grupo Yanqui Rides Again

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Grupo Yanqui Rides Again

(Bennett Paster & Gregory Ryan: 2008, Miles High Records)

Bennett Paster (piano), Chris Cheek (tenor Sax), Alex Norris (trumpet), Gregory Ryan (bass), Keith Hall (drums), Gilad (perc)

The second Grupo Yanqui album features a new crop of inventive, dynamic, Latin and world-jazz compositions by Gregory Ryan and Bennett Paster, as well as two jazz standards, re-imagined through the Grupo’s rhythmic lens.

 

Grupo Yanqui

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Grupo Yanqui

(Bennett Paster & Gregory Ryan: 2001, Self-Released)

Bennett Paster (piano), Yosvany Terry (alto sax & chekere), Chris Cheek (tenor Sax), Gregory Ryan (bass), Rob Garcia (drums), Dafnis Prieto (perc), Gilad (perc)

Our fiery debut CD features an international lineup of musicians who have gone on to become jazz stars and bandleaders in their own right.

 

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Paster, Ryan & Hall

The jazz piano trio is classic because it works so darned well!  Acoustic piano, acoustic bass and drums can create an almost orchestral range of dynamics and colors.  Paster, Ryan and Hall, featuring bassist Gregory Ryan and drummer Keith Hall is our take on this timeless format.  Our years of playing and touring together have rendered us a trio that thinks together- and swings together- as one.

Invisible Horizon

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Invisible Horizon

(Paster, Ryan & Hall, featuring Chris Cheek: 2006, Self-Released)

Bennett Paster (piano), Chris Cheek (tenor Sax), Gregory Ryan (bass), Keith Hall (drums)

The “Good Feeling” is back! My second CD with Gregory Ryan and Keith Hall emphatically proves it. The trio’s second release showcases our continuing development as a trio and features original music by each of us as well as three new arrangements of standards. True to form, this recording features clarion sonic-fidelity, inspired performances and grooves guaranteed to make you feel good.  Renowned tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek contributes his unique lyricism to three tracks.

 

Skyline

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Skyline

(Paster, Ryan & Hall: 2004, Self-Released)

Bennett Paster (piano), Chris Cheek (tenor Sax), Gregory Ryan (bass), Keith Hall (drums)

The debut CD by Paster, Ryan & Hall, Skyline features original music by all three of us as well as arrangements of some favorite standards. This trio swings hard, but we also cover significantly more ground, incorporating R&B, funk and Latin grooves into our music.

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Organic!

The Undoing; Sweets

(Bennett Paster & John Cabán: 2003 & 2006, Self-Released)

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The Undoing

Sonic wizard and guitarist John Cabán and I co-lead this funky-rock instrumental trio in which I play Hammond organ, synth-bass and a cornucopia of vintage keyboards. Organic! plays live improvised compositions. Each performance features spontaneous new music that is fresh but rooted in the tradition of 70’s instrumental funk and R&B. The music is accessible- fun and funky. Together we speak an intuitive harmonic and melodic dialogue. Deep, greasy grooves provoke eclectic tempo shifts and sudden dynamic changes. Organic! has been developing this explosive musical synergy for over 10 years.

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Yes Virginia

Overeasy

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Overeasy

(Yes Virginia: 2000, Self-Released)

The first CD I ever played on is in many ways still one of my absolute favorites.  Matt Stone, WhyNot Jansveld, Jamie Moore and I wrote and co-wrote the songs on this super-duper-funkalicious album.  Go ahead and dance, I dare you not to…

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