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Album Review

Michel Benita: Looking At Sounds

Read "Looking At Sounds" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Michel Benita's leader-debut with his Ethics band for ECM, 2016's River Silver, came as a welcome addition to his oeuvre and the label's catalogue, following the French bassist's earlier characteristic contributions in saxophonist Andy Sheppard's Trio Libero on Trio Libero (ECM, 2012) and Surrounded By Sea (ECM, 2015). As on the first Ethics album, 2010's self-titled effort released on OutNote, on River Silver Benita unified an international pool of musicians, with Norwegian guitar-scape designer Eivind Aarset washing atmospheric clouds over ...

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Album Review

Michel Benita Ethics: River Silver

Read "River Silver" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Algerian born bassist, Michel Benita, has been an active presence on the European jazz scene for three decades. Now Paris-based, he has played with guitarist Marc Ducret, Dino Saluzzi and Archie Shepp among many other well known artists. At the end of the 1990s he cofounded the ELB Trio with French guitarist Nguyên Lê and drummer Peter Erskine. With River Silver, Benita's group, Ethics, brings a global flavor that aligns with his past musical career choices as well as ...

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Extended Analysis

Michel Benita Ethics: River Silver

Read "Michel Benita Ethics: River Silver" reviewed by John Kelman


It's no secret that music is something that can dissolve borders, transcend cultures, and speak with a language understood by all. That the decreasing size of the world has made it possible for artists from disparate countries to collaborate and create music that is truly greater than the sum of its parts--imbued not just with the qualities that each musician brings from his/her own culture, but from ones beyond their own as well--is also a given in the 21st century. ...


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