A truly top-class trio expanded with the participation of Raynald Colom, the Catalan trumpeter settled in Paris, and the dancing and beat of a genius like Tomas
Carles Benavent bass, Roger Mas piano, Roger Blavia drums, Raynald Colom trumpet, Tomasito dancing and clapping.
Carles Benavent (Barcelona, 1954) is an unchallenged leader in the jazz and creative music of the last half century. Direct heir to the legacy of Jaco Pastorius, the unique sound of his bass has seduced the jazz greats he has worked with, from Chick Corea to Quincy Jones and Miles Davis, and he has been an absolute innovator in a genre as deep-rooted as flamenco, alongside the greatest exponents in its modern history, such as the guitarist Paco de Lucía, the cantaor Camarón de la Isla and the sax player Jorge Pardo. With these credentials, we should realise how lucky we are to have one of the most admired and respected musicians in the world as part of the Catalan jazz scene. Since he first blazed a trail in the seventies as part of the so-called Laietà sound, with groups like Música Urbana, alongside Joan Albert Amargós, Carles Benavent’s progress has been unstoppable. In his hands, the electric bass and mandolin have become solo instruments with an extraordinary life of their own. Now a fully mature musician, alongside this career he has developed his most personal projects, such as the trio with which he appears today in the company of the percussionist Roger Blavia and one of the most promising youngsters on the current jazz scene, the pianist Roger Mas.