Michel Benita Bassist, Composer
Moves to Paris. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as François Jeanneau, Daniel Humair, Aldo Romano, Lee Konitz, Harold Danko, André Ceccarelli, Michel Portal, Toots Thielemans, Martial Solal, Michel Legrand, l'Orchestre de Lyon direction Emmannuel Krivine, Archie Shepp, Horace Parlan, Billy Hart, Joe Lovano, Bobo Stenson, Joe Diorio, Gordon Beck, Enrico Rava, Dino Saluzzi, Larry Schneider, Adam Nussbaum, Judy Niemack, Kenny Werner, Enrico Pieranunzi,Jon Christensen, Niels-Petter Molvaer, Joshua Redman, Tom Harrell, Roy Haynes, Charlie Mariano, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler.
He is hired in the first French National Jazz Orchestra led by saxophonist François Janneau. European and African tours and a double album for «LabelBleu». Trio with Marc Ducret, guitar and drummer Aaron Scott.
Leads a quartet with Italian pianist Rita Marcotulli, playing their own compositions. Tours with «Reflexionen», led by swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, with Don Friedman on piano. Europe, Canada and USA (Sweet Basil, N.Y.C July 88’)
First album as a leader for Label Bleu with Dewey Redman (s), Rita Marcotulli (p) and Aldo Romano (dms).
2nd album “ Soul”, as a leader with the same musicians.
Concerts with a new group called "Palatino" : Aldo Romano (dms), Glenn Ferris (tb) et Paolo Fresu (tp) . A new CD "Palatino" on Label Bleu. Club dates with David Kikoski and Billy Hart.
One month Europe/Asia/Australia tour with the Dino Saluzzi Family. German tour with Nguyên Lê / Tales from Vietnam. Composes original music for a film "24 Faubourg" and 2 exhibitions by american designer Hilton McConnico for Hermès, "Do Ré Mi Her Mès La Si Do" in Paris and "Rêves Tissés de Soie" in Osaka, Japan (Suntory Museum)
June, recording with pianist Cristoph Stiefel and Peter Erskine. October, recording with Palatino and Rita Marcotulli.
Music for the exhibition “J’ai 22 Millions d’Années, Qui Suis-je ?” directed by Hilton McConnico for Hermès.
New recording with Aldo Romano. Recording of a new project with Bobby Thomas, Andy Sheppard and Sylvain Luc.
Festivals: Banlieues Bleues, Europa/Le Mans and "Caravane Bleue" tour with Palatino. Release of "Lower The Walls" with Bobby Thomas, Andy Sheppard, Sylvain Luc, David Linx and François Verly. Music for the exhibition “Quelques Pas Dans Les Étoiles” by Hilton McConnico for Hermès.
Birth of trio ELB, with Peter Erskine et Nguyên Lê, recording at rhe Rainbow Studio in Oslo for ACT. New trio with Gaël Horellou (alto-sax) and Philippe Garcia (drums, sampler). Premiers concerts et enregistrement avec le "Ladyland Quartet" d’Erik Truffaz (Truffaz/Benita/Codjia/Garcia).
Music for the exhibition “En Quête de Beauté” directed by Hilton McConnico for Hermès.
World tour with Erik Truffaz’s Ladyland Quartet (USA, Canada, South Africa, Europe, Scandinavia). Concerts with Alan Pasqua, Bobo Stenson. Film music for the documentaries « Lac Magui » by Pierre Amiand and « Amazônia » by Claude Lallemand. Music for Hilton McConnico