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Michael Benedict Jazz / Press

“One of the Best Albums of 2013”

Downbeat Magazine

“Drummer Benedict, a good in-the-pocket exponent, leads a quintet of burners on some of the better, yet seldom addressed material from the post-bop years.”

Kirk Silsbee - Downbeat Magazine

“Heartfelt....incisive....invigorating....”

Kirk Silsbee - Downbeat Magazine

“4 STARS”

Kirk Silsbee - Downbeat Nagazibe

“The solos are consistently colorful and inventive, and Bopitude displays a very appealing group sound.”

“BOPITUDE's new album, "Five and One" featuring Gary Smulyan is #16 on the Jazz Charts this week 6/25/12.”

“Quite simply, the love he[Benedict] has for this music flows like a river with every solo and every fill.”

“Adding tremendous heft to Five And One is the appearance of perennial Downbeat readers and critic’s polls number one baritone saxophonist, Gary Smulyan.”

“This new project is catching fire on jazz radio across the country and is a nice homage to an era in jazz that still inspires.”

“Benedict, like his noble forbears, plays for the band; the rhythm section lovingly supports the two horns, and the CD is a model of intelligent variety: a thousand times more inspiring than efforts by more famous players. It works superbly (and it is beautifully recorded): I wish this band exposure and gigs.”

Michael Steinman - Cadence Magazine

“Veteran drummer Michael Benedict’s mission statement comes through loud and clear in the title of this aggressively swinging hard-bop offering. Straight-ahead fans will surely dig this.”

“Planet Arts won a Grammy Award for a recent release by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the label will soon be releasing the debut album by Michael Benedict’s Bopitude, the session that’s about to unfold.”

“The overall effort comes across as a well-conceived, emotionally absorbing, and beautifully balanced tribute to Hard Bop that lovers of complex, stimulating, yet accessible Jazz will appreciate. ”

“Diamond hard bop is alive and well and living in Michael Benedict & Bopitude's studio. ”

“This makes for high energy, unpretentious and continuously interesting music that is both accessible and enjoyable. ”