Ben Sidran, born in 1943, is one of the great success stories made in the USA. As a pianist, he is one of jazz and rock & roll’s protagonists and he collaborated with artists of the caliber of Steve Miller, Dianne Ross, and Van Morris. The Times described him as «The first existential rapper».
In 2013 he released with Ponderosa Music & Art, Don’t Cry for No Hipster through which he rediscovered jazz’s tradition and intimism, presenting fourteen languid and dark tracks.
Don’t Cry For No Hipster
‘Style’ is the first word that comes to mind when describing Ben Sidran’s music, who with Don’t Cry for no Hipster goes back to his beloved smoky atmospheres: fourteen tracks find space in a work exploring jazz tradition, intimate jazz clubs’ vibes, and ironic swing hints.
Perhaps, the title brings us in media res, with a wink to trendy fashions popular among city hipsters. Tracing back in the cover notes the genesis of a term – “hipster” – which in American pop culture made quite the statement, Sidran reminds us with solid irony his personal stylistic belief: «Brand new music/Same old song».