Born: March 1, 1954 Primary Instrument: Bass, electric
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The product of a musical crossroads, a border, a meeting place between very different cultures, but dominated by jazz and flamenco, the career of Carles Benavent began in a watershed year for Europe, 1968, in the popular and endearing Barcelonan neighborhood of Poble Sec when, at the tender age of 13, he formed his first group, Crack, which in 1970 became Máquina!. From an explosive clash to the perfectly-oiled machinery of teamwork. Five years later, together with Joan Albert Amargós, he founded Música Urbana, Spain's flagship of jazz-fusion.
Starting in the late 70’s, appearing in various groupings throughout the country, his name began to figure alongside those of the most distinguished musicians on the Spanish jazz scene, such as Kitflus Tito Duarte and Max Sunyer, with whom he formed a trio filled out by Salvador Niebla.
In 1980, upon joining Paco de Lucía’s group, a relationship that would last more than 20 years, he earned the nickname “La Garza Flamenca” and the legendary “Sextet” was born. He toured throughout Europe, America and Japan, sharing the stage with such greats as Jorge Pardo, Rubem Dantas and Ramón de Algeciras, among numerous others. This marked the beginning of his prolific collaborative discography with flamenco artists, including Paco de Lucía, himself, as well as another legendary name: Camarón de la Isla. In 1982, he embarked on his first two international tours with another A- lister: Chick Corea. Between that same year and the next, they recorded two albums together: Touchtone y Again and Again. His first solo album, the self-titled Carles Benavent, appeared the following year in 1983. In 1990, he was invited to participate in a special concert on Swiss television, along with Jorge Pardo, the pianist Gil Goldstein, Don Alias and Alex Acuña. On the heels of this appearance, the group performed in New York and recorded an album for the company Blue Note. From that point on, Goldstein would be featured regularly on Benavent’s albums. In 1991, he played with Miles Davis in the Montreux Jazz Festival in a tribute to Gil Evans directed by Quincy Jones. The concert was recorded in yet another album: Live in Montreux.
In 1992, he took part in the project Jazzpaña, with Cologne’s WDR Big Band under the direction of Arif Mardin and Vince Mendoza.
In 1995, after his fourth album,Aguita que Corre, he suffered a serious traffic accident that kept him from performing for a full year.
In 1996, his iron will, but most of all his boundless passion for his music, returned him to the stage with Paco de Lucía; he reappeared with a new group in the Getxo Jazz Festival and recorded his fifth album with a title that reaffirmed his desire to remain in the thick of things: Fénix.
Read full bio on Carles Benavent Official Site: http://www.carlesbenavent.info/en/biography.html
Awards:Festival Musical Diputación Premio especial "Jazz entre amigos" TVE (1985) Premio Especial de la Crítica otorgado por RNE, RTVE y la revista Quártica Jazz (1986) Galardón de la Generalitat de Cataluña “Mejor músico del año" (1994) Disc Catlá de l'any Rádio-4 por Agüita que corre (1995) Premio Altaveu (1995) Disc Catalá de l'any de Rádio-4 por Fénix (1997) Disco Aigua galardonado en Los Premios de la Música como mejor disco de jazz del año (2002) Premio Arc Jazz fusio (2003) Lifetime Achievement Cairo Jazz Festival (2010) Premio Bajista Maestro Bass Day Madrid (2010)
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