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Benito Gonzalez

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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” (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, 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 will feature him as an improviser. After two years touring with international jazz artist, Kenny Garrett, he added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. Benito has shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

Album

Sing To The World

Label: Rainy Days Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sounds of Freedom; Views of the Blues; Father; Offering; Visionary; Smile; Sing to the World; 412; Flatbush Avenue; Colors.

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

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Article: Album Review

Deelee Dube: Trying Times

Read "Trying Times" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Five years ago, the annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition named Deelee Dubé its first British winner and (2016) Sassy Award recipient, landing Dubé a spot at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and recording contract for this Concord Records debut. Trying Times marks a major label debut, but Deelee Dubé is no artistic novice. ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs

Read "Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Paul Colombo Group Rio Crystal Vectordisc Records 2020 Rio Crystal is the perfect title for this bright and clear, warm and sunny set led by guitarist Paul Colombo. Its frontline pairs Colombo's nimble guitar with keyboardist Ron Thomas, supported by bassist Andy Alonso and drummer Chris ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brandee Younger, Theo Croker, William Parker, Marco Fumo & Other New Releases

Read "Brandee Younger, Theo Croker, William Parker, Marco Fumo & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Spiritual jazz, accordions, Ennio Morricone, noir atmospheres, unbridled virtuosos, the mighty guitar of Eva Mendoza, and much more in this set focusing on recent and upcoming releases.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison"Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Theo Croker “Hero Stomp // A Future Past" Hero Stomp // A Future Past—Single ...

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Article: Album Review

Benito Gonzalez: Sing To The World

Read "Sing To The World" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Unbridled rhythmic fury fueled by a rich harmonic underbelly is the essence of Sing To The World. Pianist Benito Gonzalez has once again assembled a vibrant cast that flourishes on ten original creations. Inventive and energetic, the ensemble gels in the moment and establishes interplay with rich and intelligent conversation. The depth and articulation comes as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lina Allemano, Benito Gonzalez, Stefano Bollani, Fredrik Nordström & More New Releases

Read "Lina Allemano, Benito Gonzalez, Stefano Bollani, Fredrik Nordström & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The extrovert pianism of Stefano Bollani and Benito Gonzalez opens this show, which then dives into recent Nordic and Eastern European jazz (Fredrik Nordström, Julia Karosi, JAF Trio), embraces the compelling melodicism of Roberto Spadoni, Chris Pattishall, Stefano Coppari, Wayne Horvitz and Sara Schoenbeck, explores the music of two adventurous Canadians (Lina Allemano and Francois Houle), ...

Album

Trying Times

Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Tryin' Times (05:15) 2. Still Trying (03:50) 3. On A Clear Day (04:14) 4. Ugly Beauty (Still We Dream) (04:16) 5. 500 Miles High (05:37) 6. Thou Swell (03:44) 7. Lazy Afternoon (03:38) 8. Joy (06:14) 9. Unity (06:38) 10. Still We Try (Spoken Word Tone Poem) (04:13)


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