CD Release Performance at Jazz Standard on November 2
“”Life is a Circle that is Full Of many Circles of Our Existence.
Everything we do and learn make up who we are.
Every circle has a purpose and every purpose tells the story of our life.
Because in everything there is one huge fact and truth.
Where there is a beginning, there is an end, and another beginning.”
– Benito González, Circles – Liner Notes
Circles, the new recording by Venezuelan pianist Benito González, his second as a leader, speaks of an artist taking stock — as he moves forward. “This album for me marks a cycle that ends and another that begins,” says González. “All my experiences are portrayed in this album.” And what a remarkable journey it’s been.
“Circles reflects everything I had been living in this cycle in my life.” If the recording has a classic, 1960s sound, “it wasn’t premeditated, but a reflection of what I was hearing. Also, I’m a fan of that period. It was a very rich time in jazz and I think it’s being overlooked,” he says. “And the musicians [on the record] all immediately knew what to do. There was great chemistry in the studio.” The album features old friends Christian McBride and Ron Blake alongside Azar Lawrence on tenor sax, Myron Walden, on alto and soprano sax and Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums. Continue reading