Benito Gonzalez, Circles

Venezuelan piano powerhouse Benito Gonzalez holds his own amidst a formidable cast of jazz heavyweights on Circles, his second release as a leader.
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Venezuelan piano powerhouse Benito Gonzalez holds his own amidst a formidable cast of jazz heavyweights on Circles, his second release as a leader. Gonzalez shines here as both firefingered soloist (listen to his virtuosic solo on the title track) and inquisitive composer alike (check out his plaintive ballad Elise). Backed by the hurricane-inducing rhythm section of Christian McBride and Jeff “Tain” Watts, Gonzalez proves he can handle just about anything thrown his musical way. (Furthermore | benitogonzalez.com)

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