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Benito Cortez / Press

“Benito Cortez was brilliant on the fiddle throughout the night, taking some soaring solos.”

“[Singer/songwriter and bandleader Dan] Hicks couldn’t be this laid-back without a tight band, which he definitely has. Benito Cortez’s violin jumped out on the Gypsy jazz opener and stayed razor-sharp all evening...”

“...heard probably the best non-Sid Page violin solo ever on "I Scare Myself" by Benito Cortez. Whoa! (on performance with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, December 11, 2010)”

Kevin Cloud Brechner - "Hix" -- Dan Hicks Discussion Group

“...lead guitarist Vic Wong brings in other hot club players to demonstrate how gypsy jazz is played: bassist Ari Munkres, rhythm guitarist Jack Fields, and violinist Benito Cortez.”

“Benito Cortez, in what he would intimate later was only his second live gig with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, played Grappelli on his fiddle to [Dave] Bell’s Django on guitar without missing a beat.”

“Thank you so much for your beautiful violin, your easy manner, and your professionalism.”

Vocalist Marilyn Cooney - written correspondence

"Cause And Effect II" is quite different... ...a mellow track... A melancholy violin (Benito Cortez) gives this a rather unique accent.

“Songwriter Michael Lusk ...recently [recorded] string quartet for 3 of his compositions. The players included New Sun alumnus Benito Cortez on 1st violin, Nori Tagawa on viola, Jeananne Weber on 2nd violin, and Pawel Walerowski on cello.”