"Brilliant time playing and great melodies, all very naturally put together."
"For me the most eye catching soloist was Lee who played with power, precision and astonishing technical prowess as he explored the conventional range of his instrument and beyond..."
"Three young graduates or final year students from the Birmingham Conservatoire jazz course have shown huge potential, they are: guitarist Ben Lee, pianist Elliott Sansom and pianist Andy Bunting, leader of the Trope band."
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"For music which has great skill there is a fine and wide choice in the younger players in bands around Birmingham and the Midlands; for music that has all that skill, plus a hugely eclectic range of influences and a great dollop of wit and good humour, and which on top of all that sounds thoroughly original the choice is more limited. The Ben Lee Quintet ticked all those boxes for me."
"Ben Lee always brings a great vibe with his groove and heartfelt, melodic improvising."
" A young band, but wonderfully mature, creative and multi directional, scattering shards of Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and John Schofield among the influences. A full house was right in there with the band from the first to the last note. A memorable night.
A million thanks guys."
“[In The Tree is] one of this year’s most entertaining, occasionally whimsical jazz offerings...It’s remarkable that, no matter how often these ten tracks are heard, they possess a joyful unpredictability and tremendous variety – yet they’re strongly rooted and beautifully constructed in jazz... It brings a smile, warms your heart, cranks up your spirit and ends up on repeat play...”