John Benitez, Purpose [Seed Music]

John Benitez, who has anchored the likes of Eddie Palmieri, Hilton Ruiz, Chick Corea, and the Mingus Big Band, is the bass world’s version of a double-double: fiercely fluent in jazz and Afro-Cuban music on both upright and electric bass.
By Chris Jisi ,

John Benitez, who has anchored the likes of Eddie Palmieri, Hilton Ruiz, Chick Corea, and the Mingus Big Band, is the bass world’s version of a double-double: fiercely fluent in jazz and Afro-Cuban music on both upright and electric bass. For his sophomore solo effort, Benitez pens soulful Latin-jazz jaunts that showcase his potent quintet, which includes son Francis on drums. Throughout, Benitez’s grasp of bottom is profound, from his angular countermelody on the title track to expressive electric solos on “Seed” and “Bomba Lirica.” But it’s his Cachao-like mastery of improvised rhythmic counterpoint and harmonic freedom via his upright on cuts like “Rumba” and “Yagrumo” that really thrill.