Ben Monder

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Ben Monder
Ben Monder 2011.jpg
Ben Monder, Le Moulin à Jazz (France) 2011
Background information
Born (1962-05-24) May 24, 1962 (age 53)
Origin New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Electric guitar
Years active 1992–present
Notable instruments
Ibanez AS-50[1]

Ben Monder is an American jazz guitarist and composer. In addition to having released solo albums he has played as a sideman on more than a hundred albums. Critics have found the style of Monder's solo albums difficult to describe, though they praise his creative genius.[1]


Monder attended the University of Miami. He has worked with a wide variety of musicians including Lee Konitz, Toots Thielmans, Paul Motian and Maria Schneider.[2]

In 1995 he recorded his debut album, Flux, featuring drummer Jim Black and bassist Drew Gress.[3] A 2001 recording (an improvisation recorded in a single day) with saxophone player Bill McHenry, Bloom, wasn't released until 2010. In between, he released a genre-bending solo album, Oceana (2005), and an album with pianist Chris Gistrin and drummer Dylan van der Schyff, The Distance (2006). In 2007, he recorded At Night with singer and electronic musician Theo Bleckmann and drummer Satoshi Takeishi.[1]


  • Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013)
  • Bloom, with Bill McHenry (Sunnyside, 2009)
  • At Night, with Theo Bleckmann (Songlines, 2007)
  • Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005)
  • Excavation (Arabesque, 2000)
  • No Boat, with Theo Bleckmann (Songlines, 1997)
  • Dust (Arabesque, 1997)
  • Flux (Songlines, 1995)


  1. ^ a b c Cleveland, Barry (December 2010). "Ben Monder". Vintage Guitar. pp. 60–63. 
  2. ^ Adler, David. "Ben Monder: Biography". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  3. ^ Loewy, Steve. "Flux: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 

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