"As composer of much of the material being explored by Wyldlyfe, I am fortunate to have Galen, Mike and Ben as collaborators....Ben gives everything he has in mining the possibilities of any given piece. He has a great sound, excellent intonation and a very solid time-feel. There appear to be no boundaries to his creativity, whether (for example) negotiating an odd time signature, venturing into the space of free improvisation, or just finding that pocket.
Recruiting Ben for Wyldlyfe also involved an estimation of his potential for musical adaptability and growth. His progress has been remarkable and swift. He's organized, reliable and works hard. It will come as no surprise when he becomes a prominent mainstay of whatever scene he chooses to inhabit."
-- David Tidball
Wyldlyfe, Band Leader
"As far as music instructors go, Ben Lee is hands down at the top of the list. He has been instructing our 8th grade son for a year now on upright bass and we've seen my son's technical abilities and music theory grow at an astonishing rate. Ben is a total professional. You could not ask for a finer musician and instructor. We simply can not recommend him highly enough. You could not be in finer hands."
-- Johnny & Shawn Jones
"I've had the privilege of working with Ben several times over the last couple years. He always shows up more prepared then anyone else, and shreds the charts on anyting that's put in front of him. I wish I had an extra band so that I could hire him full-time!"
SF Opera, Composer
"Ben Lee has been a pleasure to work with. He has provided excellent musicianship, organizational skills, and leadership with the San Diego Songwriters House Band. Having a house band learn and perform original music backing up local songwriters is a challenge. Ben was the member who could quickly evaluate and update charts for the house band and lead them during the live performances.
As a bass player Ben is not only very talented, he also is quick at learning the songs, sensitive about supporting the song’s feel, helping the other band members in a diplomatic way, and providing a positive group dynamic.
Ben is punctual, responsive, always rehearsed and ready to play, and makes the performer’s job easier. Ben is the consummate music professional."
-- Cliff Keller
San Diego Songwriters, Director
The Kellers, Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter
"Working with Ben [in the studio] was a pleasure from start to finish. He came completely prepared, helped with recording setup and nailed his part quickly. Highly recommended."
-- Jeremy Fisch
St. Tropez, Drummer
"I have had the opportunity to work with many a great bassists throughout the years. There have been those who have been based more in the groove traditions of players like James Jamerson, those who lean more toward the straight ahead stylings of folks like Ron Carter or Charles Mingus, and then there are the cats who can show skill in both camps. Ben is one such cat. Though our journey has not been long by rhythm section standards, there is no denying "the pocket" or "grease" - as I often say - that we have developed. The cat is a strong composer as well. Be it Jazz, Hip-Hop or Pop, Ben continues to show the makings of a true professional in the music business."
-- Ricky Carter
Session Drummer, Producer
"A solid anchor both musically and as a person [...] Ben puts the right energy into every note. Great technique and intonation, shows up on time, knows the music... He is flexible and chill to work with. Highly recommend him for jazz and more!"
-- Jeff Worrall
-- Sherri Anne
Sister Speak, Guitarist/vocalist
"I have performed, recorded, and composed with Ben for 7 years, and I have seen him put his mind, body, and soul into each musical endeavor. If I were to choose one word that best describes his music, it would be "passiopenticulous!" With a present, full energy, he is as passionate as parents caring for children; with a pure love for creation. Open to all sounds, he is meticulous with every detail necessary to building a tune. With clear ideas, an open ear, an open heart, and a warm soul, he has a masterful mind that can manage the flow of events necessary to produce in the studio, on the stage, or in the garage."
-- Oscar Carranza
"It’s difficult to summarize eight years of working with Ben Lee in a few sentences, but the journey has been wonderful. Having worked with him on countless studio sessions, a mountain of original compositions, and at least as many live gigs, I can say he is an excellent bassist that pours his heart into his work. We have had the pleasure of playing together in the the jazz, reggae, and latin musical spheres; and every time Ben has locked in a groove and impressed me with his musicianship. All in all he’s a great bassist, composer, and friend, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future."
-- Steven Carter