His artistry is electrifying, his approach original and timeless. His name is Benjie Porecki, and heís contemplating the future on his second recording for Severn Records, The Rest of My Life.
Following up the critically acclaimed Serviní It Up Porecki returns with the most impressive recording of his career, The Rest of My Life. Here Benjie enlists some of the best in the business including Keter Betts and Steve Gomes who share bass duties, Robb Stupka and Alejandro Lucini on drums, and guitarist Dan Leonard. Heís also rounded up some very special guests: Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown who offers up a heart-wrenching rendition of Shirley Hornís Hereís to Life" and saxophonist Skip Pruitt who gives a breathtaking performance on the title track. The result is a ten-song CD featuring a mix of jazz, funk, and even a little reggae as Benjie explores the gamut of his diverse musical influences.
From the opening notes of Give You All My Love" itís clear Benjie Porecki has something to say. The music seems to pour effortlessly through his fingers as the songís resonant melody floats above the subtle samba rhythms of Luciniís drums. And itís here that weíre treated to a stunning acoustic solo by the incomparable Keter Betts. Somewhere," from the musical West Side Story, features Benjie alone at the piano. This reflective, melancholy rendition breathes new life into the old standard. And Benjie is equally adept at making the Eagles hit Desperado" uniquely his own as he displays his versatility on both the Hammond B-3 and piano. Porecki moves into high gear on the swinging Give of Yourself," an original number with Benjie once again behind the B3, while Bama McSweeney" (another Porecki original) showcases his love of the funkier side of jazz.
Born in 1971, Benjie began playing trumpet at the age of ten. But it wasnít until he took up piano two years later that everything fell into place. Already drawn to jazz and blues, he began to practice relentlessly, and after graduating from high school and attending a semester at the Berklee School of Music, he decided to pursue music full-time.
Gigging with three different bands simultaneously provided Benjie with a lot of work and diversity - something he enjoyed. But his first passion was always jazz and blues and that became his major focus. He persisted at his craft and eventually found himself sitting in with musicians like Ron Holloway, Marshall Keys, and Chuck Brown. It was through these experiences that he learned an almost chameleon-like ability to play many styles of music on piano, synthesizer, and organ. His amazing versatility caught the attention of Severn Records who offered Benjie a recording deal that has resulted in a lasting relationship.
So it seems as if Benjie has learned that all you give is all you get, so give it all you got." Hereís to you Benjie Porecki and hereís to the rest of your life!
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