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Michael Benedict & Bopitude: Michael Benedict & Bopitude (2011)

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Drummer Michael Benedict's Bopitude is of a very special variety...Hard Bopitude. Michael Benedict & Bopitude is chockfull of hard bop from the likes of Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
("Joy Spring"), Grachan Moncur III
Grachan Moncur III
Grachan Moncur III
b.1937
trombone
("Frankenstein") and Bobby Timmons
Bobby Timmons
Bobby Timmons
1935 - 1974
piano
("Moanin'"). Pianist Bruce Barth
Bruce Barth
Bruce Barth
b.1958
piano
brings his bop togs to the festivities and the classic The Jazz Messengers lineup (trumpet and tenor saxophone out front) is reassembled.

The disc opens with a brisk reading of Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
's "Cheese Cake." Originally released on Gordon's Go (Blue Note, 1962), the song contains Latin motifs the saxophonist liked to weave into his melodies and heads. Here, Brian Patneaude
Brian Patneaude
Brian Patneaude
b.1974
sax, tenor
is assertive on tenor, ahead of the crisp rhythm established by Benedict, comping and soloing with gusto, as does Barth. This thorough updating of the Gordon classic possesses crystalline sonics, revealing all of the charms hidden by Gordon in the song's hem.

Personnel: Michael Benedict: drums; Bruce Barth: piano; Chris Pasin: trumpet and flugelhorn; Brian Patneaude: tenor saxophone; Mike Lawrence: bass.

Record Label: Planet Arts


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