Among other things, recordings are frames of reference, an aural blueprint of a performer. The incredibly eclectic saxophonist/composer Ben Wendel's 2012 CD Frame will give a glimpse of his musical foundation composed of equal parts jazz, rock and ambient music. His unique combination of sounds and influences create compositions that are wholly unique listening experiences. The CD's program features eight new compositions and a duo arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" featuring piano wunderkind Gerald Clayton. Wendel is joined on the album by an amazing ensemble, including pianists Tigran Hamasyan and Adam Benjamin, guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Ben Street and drummer Nate Wood.