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“This new project is catching fire on jazz radio across the country and is a nice homage to an era in jazz that still inspires.”
Chris Cooke, KIOS
“Adding tremendous heft to Five And One is the appearance of perennial Downbeat readers and critics polls number one baritone saxophonist, Gary Smulyan.”
Randy Treece,
 “Veteran drummer Michael Benedict’s mission statement comes through loud and clear in the title of this aggressively swinging hard-bop offering. Straight-ahead fans will surely dig this.”
Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
“Quite simply, the love he [Benedict] has for this music flows like a river with every solo and every fill.”
J. Hunter,

“This makes for high energy, unpretentious and continuously interesting music that is both accessible and enjoyable.”
Tim Niland,

The solos are consistently colorful and inventive, and Bopitude displays a very appealing group sound. The musicians are creative within the hard bop tradition, not merely copying the past but building upon it.  The results are highly recommended for all straight ahead jazz fans.
Scott Yanow/LA Jazz Scene

“Benedict, like his noble forbears, plays for the band; the rhythm section lovingly supports the two horns, and the CD is a model of intelligent variety: a thousand times more inspiring than efforts by more famous players. It works superbly (and it is beautifully recorded): I wish this band exposure and gigs.” Michael Steinman, Cadence Magazine

Five And One

Michael Benedict plays and endorses Drumsticks