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John Benitez

John Benitez - acoustic and electric bass Grammy award-winning bassist John Benitez, born in Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, started playing gospel music in church at the age of thirteen. Already a gifted musician, John began his formal education at "Escuela Libre de Musica" followed by study at the University of Puerto Rico and later the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music with master bassist Federico Silva. By age nineteen, John was the first-call bassist in San Juan's thriving Jazz and Latin music scenes. He performed with, among others, such well-known artists as Chick Corea, Lucecita Benitez, Batacumbele, Lalo Rodriguez, Cuco Peña, Roberto Roena, and Justo Betancourt


Earth Rebirth

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Earth Rebirth; Campiña; El Raton; Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti; Reincarnation of a Lovebird; Throw it Away.


Spirit Songs

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Chant for Peace Eternal; Parris in April; Spirit Song; Sketches of Selim; Imani (Faith); In God’s Hands; Mentor; J.C.’s Passion.


Article: Album Review

Colette Michaan: Earth Rebirth

Read "Earth Rebirth" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Colette Michaan's bamboo flute calls out over a looming drone as Earth Rebirth opens. Instruments emerge out of time to create a watery soundscape that becomes increasingly lush as John Benitez's bass brings in the tempo, with Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante's percussion chattering behind Luisito Quintero's swirling cymbals and Leo Genovese's fluid piano. Michaan mapped the composition ...


Song of the Day

Chant for Peace Eternal

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 07:07


Article: Album Review

Israel Tanenbaum & the Latinbaum Jazz Ensemble: Impressions

Read "Impressions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you are fond of happy music from south of the equator, longtime producer/arranger Israel Tanenbaum had you in mind when mapping out Impressions, his first recording as leader after years of helping others achieve their musical dreams. Performed by a first- class ensemble, Impressions spans the gamut of seductive Latin rhythms, from guaracha, salsa and ...


Axiomatic - Music For The People

Label: Independent
Released: 2022


Article: Interview

Gabriel Vicéns: A Growing Voice In Jazz

Read "Gabriel Vicéns: A Growing Voice In Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Guitarist Gabriel Vicéns from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, has only been on the New York City scene for about five years. But his rich tone and engaging style have gained him a reputation--still growing--as a remarkable voice and an artist with something valid to say. He's not a guitar shredder, though he has plenty of ...


Under The Moon (string version) SINGLE

Released: 2019
Track listing: Under The Moon (Lenny White/Letizia Gambi) Strings arranged by Gil Goldstein


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Conversation with LehCats

Read "A Conversation with LehCats" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

LehCats' latest release, Movement to Egalitaria, is a collection of songs that come together to engender an achievable vision of a fairer society. Join me and this fantastic musical couple, Karen Stachel and Norbert Stachel, as we talk about the making of the album, discrimination in the world of classical music, the Bay area, and other ...


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