Benitez is a bassist who possesses a broad tone, performing primarily on acoustic, while we also get to hear drummer, Dafnis Prieto’s sweeping Latin/Caribbean polyrhythmic attack for what equates to a monstrous rhythm section. Hence, Prieto is a drummer who possesses superstar-like qualities. - Saxophonist, Ravi Coltrane appears on two pieces, while pianist Luis Perdomo steers the band through a series of richly thematic yet thoroughly grooving jazz based workouts along with percussionist Richie Flores and Prieto’s sinuous rhythms. Meanwhile, Perdomo’s use of the Fender Rhodes on “B. Smooth” pronounces a cheerful vibe, thanks to Benitez’ pumping electric bass lines amid a tinge of clave and a memorably melodic hook. Essentially, the band serves up a hot and spicy concoction as Benitez’ freshman solo effort packs a mighty punch. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1. Nuevo Montuno 2. Sun & Shadow 3. Long Time Waiting 4. Breakdown 5. J Ben Jazz 6. Cusan Grande Es El 7. B. Smooth 8. Convergence 9. Descarga Vieques 10. Positano 11. Procession 12. In The Dark
Personnel: John Benitez: bass, bass guitar on track 7
Record Label: Khaeon World Music
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