Press and Reviews

Ben Hauptmann is blessed with one of those restless imaginations that makes his music impossible to contain. John Shand – Metro, Sydney Morning Herald.

Beautiful music with a surprise around every corner. Richard Letts, Music Council of Australia.

This is a very personal and mature voice, revealed both in his playing and his musical vision for his ensemble. Phil Slater (Trumpeter/Composer).

Its quite simply gorgeous music; full of life, ideas, depth, beauty & integrity. Steve Hunter (Bassist/Composer).

Lavishly produced, Hauptmann’s music is as sparkling as the night sky using a breadth of global reference points producing strikingly original effects. Peter Wockner (jazzandbeyond.com.au).

Ben Hauptmann, meanwhile, tugs the textures in non-flamenco directions with his sometimes audacious work on acoustic and electric mandolins, without puncturing the music’s dramatic and rather imperious spirit. John Shand. Metro, Sydney Morning Herald 20/06/09

Finally there are the surprises and extra colours of Ryan’s saxello and flute and the judicious deployment of guest Ben Hauptmann’s expert classical guitar and banjo. John Shand. Metro, Sydney Morning Herald 22/05/09

Ben Hauptmann turns his mandolin, alchemically, by some miracle of technology and magic of technique, into an electric guitar and, more amazingly still, keyboard: forget all your preconceptions about how it sounds and how it can be played. Australian Stage

The wailing and growling trombone of Jeremy Borthwick also shows piston-like agility especially on the Indian and African flavoured pieces along with ferocious guitar work from Ben Hauptmann. Jan 08’ Limelight ABC By Peter Wockner

Guitarist Ben Hauptmann is a fine jazz player and a brilliant exponent of all guitar idioms. John Clare. Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald 22/09/07

Second place went to Ben Hauptman. Ben’s Canberra born and bred and a product of the jazz school and now resident in Sydney, along with his talented siblings, Zoe (bass) and James (drums). He played a more rock-influenced set. I loved his starter on Ellington’s Caravan. Then an original ballad in a trad vein, Unity Hall, and a highly effected Billie’s Bounce. Canberra Jazz

Ben Hauptmann’s bold approach earning second spot. Their twin-guitar attack in the Alcohotlicks was loaded with surprise, irreverence and the depravities of hard rock. Sydney Morning Herald

Perhaps the defining sound is the banjo, which brother Ben plays on most of the tracks. But Ben’s given it a strange twist, with this normally rhythmic and ostinato instrument played as solo modern jazz guitar. Weird, as it imparts a new choppy, staccato sound to a jazz guitar solo style. Canberra Jazz

Feral and bed (where does she get these titles?) is Woodstock riffs and degraded, AM audio, then an 11/4 riff with great solos on guitar (obviously brother Ben). Canberra Jazz

…(Ben) loosened up with multi-octave arpeggiated runs and long, angular, cubiform solos, mostly using a distorted, sustained jazz-rock tone and occasional strange, effected tones. Canberra Jazz

Ben Hauptmann played a telecaster with some great solos, developing from simple to blisteringly fast and complex. Canberra Jazz

In the band’s early days there was more of a country influence in the mix of thrash and jazz. That strand survives via an unplugged version of the Alcohotlicks, in which Hauptmann plays banjo, mandolin and exotic South American guitars. Sydney Morning Herald

The range of darkly brassy cymbal texures and deep drum sounds he produces is very much his own, and it contrasted beautifully with Ben Hauptmann’s wide, bright, biting and superbly placed guitar notes. SIMA

The introduction of the shell adds a lovely airiness, a contemplative moment to this high energy, vigorous album. It is accompanied beautifully by the warm harmonies of guitarist Ben Hauptmann. Jasmine Crittendon. Drum Media 20/10/04

Gone with the Wind’ alone is worth the price of the CD and is suitably reprised as track 9. Jonathan Zwartz’s arrangement is a delight and showcases Ben Hauptmann’s acoustic guitar soloJazz and Beyond

It’s hard to escape the name Hauptmann around the Sydney jazz scene. Sister Zoe is a bass player, Ben is a guitarist and drummer James can be heard accompanying, it seems, just about everybody. Sydney Morning Herald

the guitar of newcomer Ben Hauptmann sounded uncannily like a steel drum behind Cornwell’s tender farewell. John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald, October 25th 2004

Dave Panichi wrote the title track. It has an infectious driving bass line and features Ben Hauptmann with a superior guitar solo. Ralph Pyl

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