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Benito Gonzalez: Passion Reverence Transcendence

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In the grand, giving spirit of the master, pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Gerry Gibbs and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet hold absolutely nothing back and pull no punches on their exhilarating tribute to McCoy Tyner, Passion Reverence Transcendence. With each tune taped in a single take, the trio explodes with a bold and proclamatory rush. “Fly with the Wind" (originally written by Tyner for trio and strings in 1976) sets the bar high and never looks back. It's a ...

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Take Five With Benito Gonzalez

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Meet Benito Gonzalez: The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz make this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album, Starting Point, (with Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean and Ron Blake) and as winner of the 2005 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.Presently, Benito is creating a very personal body of work for his sophomore album as a leader that ...

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Benito Gonzalez Trio Features Saxophonist Ron Blake

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Halloween Night left Twins Jazz relatively empty; most opting for traditional Halloween parties. But that didn’t stop the Benito Gonzalez Trio and young tenor titan Ron Blake from blazing through two sets of forward-thinking originals and standards.

The Venezuelan pianist has made quite a name for himself, paying his dues on the D.C. scene since his arrival in 2001. He recently finished a two-year stint at the local “center for the preservation of jazz and blues,” HR-57. He has a ...