The tenor saxophone Gorka Benitez is the best storyteller in the jazz scene in the country and one of the most personal and solid voices in the international scene. Tenacious, restless and brave, he presents his latest album Salalagua (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2018). He does it in trio format, accompanied by the demolishing and brilliant guitarist Dani Pérez and the solid and propulsive drummer David Xirgu. Together they form an equilateral triangle of majestic proportions and invite the audience on a journey that ranges from subtlety, calmness and introspection to frenetic rapture through the most enigmatic passages.
The first instruments he played was from Basque folklore. He began his academic musical training at the Bilbao Conservatory, which he later completed at the Taller de Músics in Barcelona and at the Badalona Professional Conservatory. Later, he studies in New York after obtaining a scholarship that allowed him to study there for three years with teachers of the stature of Dave Kikoski, Billy Hart, Jim Hall, Barry Harris, and Cecil Bridgewater among others. He returned from New York with a degree in Jazz Studies Program from the Harbor Performing Arts Center, having also studied at the Mannes School of Music.
Today, Gorka Benítez has more than 70 albums recorded (10 as leader), has performed in the most important festivals and clubs in Spain and Europe, and collaborated with artists such as Randy Brecker, Omara Portuando, Paco Ibáñez, Chicuelo, Gerardo Núñez, Martirio, and Emilio Solla, among many others. For all these reasons, he is considered one of the best and most sought-after tenor saxophones on the national jazz scene. His honesty, expressive capacity, and high creativity have captivated public and specialised critics. In addition, he has been awarded for the best saxophonist, best album and best group by the AMJM on several occasions.
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