Innovative indie Jazz cellist Jacob Szekely has released a critically acclaimed self-titled recording of improvisations with the Jacob Szekely Trio, performed on a cello crafted by Los Angeles violinmaker Eric Benning of Benning Violins. Szekely says of the master-crafted instrument, “It inspires me.”
Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2013 – Describing distinguished cellist Jacob Szekely’s newest recording with words like “cerebral” and “soulful”, critics have praised the indie musician’s innovation and creativity. According to Szekely, largely credited for transforming the cello into a credible lead jazz instrument, the “soulfulness” on the recording wouldn’t have been possible without his cello made by Eric Benning, a Los Angeles-area luthier who also crafts violas and violins.
“It was perfect timing for both of us,” stated Benning. “I had just made a Stradivarius model cello with some absolutely gorgeous wood I had been saving. Just as I was completing it, Jacob was looking to purchase something high-end. His career was starting to take off.”
The CD, titled “The Jacob Szekely Trio”, which includes the talents of pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Christopher Allis, has received decidedly rave reviews from acclaimed music critics such as Brian Arsenault of the International Review of Music, who effusively stated:
The cello in Szekely’s special hands is transformative, literally. At times a guitar, a bass guitar, a violin, a harp. But always, always a cello. Is there anyone else in the world who plays the instrument like this?
Szekely states that the recording and reception would not have been possible without Benning’s cello in his hands. “It just wouldn’t have been possible without Eric’s instrument. My Benning cello is an inspiration to me. Whether I'm recording or performing, this soulful instrument empowers me to play from my heart and express what I always hope to express.”
The CD, which is available on ITunes, was noted by Strad Magazine’s reviewer James Crel as “an intriguing disc of cello-led fusion” that “resonates and charms.”
“I’m very pleased for Jacob,” states Benning. “He’s always been a ‘think outside the box’ cellist. To see him carving a successful career playing the music he really loves makes me feel a lot of joy for him. The cello’s sound has only gotten more powerful, richer and clear. Because he plays so much and so well, the sound has matured quickly and beautifully.”
The Jacob Szekely Trio CD is available to preview and purchase on ITunes: