Beppe Di Benedetto 5tet was founded in 2005. See The Sky, the quintet's first album containing original music composed by trombonist Beppe Di Benedetto, produced by the record label TRJ Records, was released on the italian and international market in November 2011 and has attained high acclaim from both, the audience and the specialized critics. The project carries on the tradition of American jazz filtered and enriched by the Italian melody and Mediterranean sounds.
There emerges a great need to play (…) this transpires from the ample spaces left to the soloist flights and a light fingered scripture, studied to guarantee fluidity to the interpreters’ phrasing, even if there is no lack of refined background to the whole unison. – JAZZIT
“It’s for you” becomes the synthesis of the entire disk and clearly embodies the idea of a type of jazz which on the one hand is close to tradition but is also able to pick up what is happening in the present and to extract ideas from this and help find its own expression. – Jazz Convention
Benedetto has a graceful touch on trombone, which sometimes can elbow other instruments out of the way, but here, he’s a seamless part of the quintet. Also, the compositions just flat out rock; tunes that soar and tunes that sway. (…) About a month after first listening to this album, I find myself returning to it repeatedly. A great album when I need some music with plenty of life to it. – All About Jazz
BEPPE DI BENEDETTO is a trombone player, composer and arranger born in Italy. Beppe’s passion for music began at the age of 12 when one day his father came home with a strange black suitcase in his hand. Inside was a shiny instrument. His constant curiosity in capturing the secret language of music has accorded Beppe many opportunities in sharing the stage with such famous musicians as Eumir Deotado, Solomon Burke, Bob Mintzer, Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka, Mario Biondi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hengel Gualdi, Jovanotti, Antonella Ruggero, Fabrizio Bosso, Lorenzo Tucci, Daniele Scannapieco, Giovanni Amato, Claudio Filippini, Andrea Tofanelli, Massimo Manzi, Ellade Bandini, Christian Meyer, Michael Rosen, Ernesstico, Mark Harris, Luca Mannutza, Tullio De Piscopo and many more.
Beppe Di Benedetto has released albums with Jovanotti (Collettivo Soleluna, Jovalive 2002), Mario Biondi (I Love You More, If, Yes You Live, Due), Alexia (Gli Occhi Grandi Della Luna), Jazz Art Orchestra (8 ½ , Drums), Kikkombo (Freddo Freddo, Wild Bloom); he has collaborated on various TV productions and for many years Beppe was the conductor and arranger of the Jazz Orchestra CB BAND. Since 2006, Beppe has been involved in Mario Biondi’s (Italy’s first jazz and soul voice) tours as a trombone player and arranger.
Beppe was placed as one of 10 best italian trombone players in Jazzit AWARDS 2011.
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