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.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Related

Doug Johns, Stank [Sesac]

On his energetic third outing, what continues to impress about Cleveland-based Doug Johns is he’s more intent on placing his bass in rich and varied musical settings among top musicians than he is on showing off his considerable chops.

Review: John Scofield "Uberjam Deux"

Eleven years after his groundbreaking Überjam CD (with Jesse Murphy on bass), guitar force Scofield re-partners with most of the original band—rhythm guitar and sampling ace Avi Bortnick, drummer Adam Dietch, and keyboardist John Medeski—while introducing a new rhythm-section partner (Marcus Miller drummer Louis Cato) for Scofield vet and ex-Gov’t Mule bassist Andy Hess.

Review: John Daversa

As their V.S.O.P. clinic at Bass Player LIVE! showed, the John Diversa Progressive Big Band—led by the talented trumpeter/ composer/arranger—is a musical beast with 18 pieces that breathe as one.

Review: John Beasley

L.A. keyboard monster John Beasley, whose credits run from Miles Davis to ABC’s Duets, teams with fellow feel freaks Darryl Jones and drummer Ndugu Chancler (plus some vocal and horn guests) for a true groove gem.

CD Review: Jimmy Earl "Renewing Disguises"

Having long had an ear to forward-leaning mixologists like Squarepusher and Matt Garrison, Earl—the veteran Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Jimmy Kimmel Show bassist—puts his own postmodern spin on the merging of DJ-induced sonics and live musicians.