Benoît Berthe Back Quartet. Benoit Berthe was born in 1986. Discovered jazz at the age of 11, becoming part of the jazz section of the Collège de Marciac. Thanks to this positive experience, he decided to deepen his knowledge of the genre at the DEM Jazz at the ENM des Landes, obtaining his diploma in 2005 with honours.
In 2006, continuing his studies in the same direction, he joined Didier Lockwood's CMDL (CENTRE DES MUSIQUES DIDIER LOCKWOOD) in 2006. It was during this year that he met the musicians who will then be part of the "Back" 4tet. Later on, he began to travel, continuing his studies with Stéphane Guillaume, Pierrick Pedron, Sylvain Beuf, André Viléger, Benoit Sourisse, Olivier Temime, Rémy Vignolo, Manuel Marchès.
Benoît Berthe Back Quartet, was born later in 2007 under the guidance of saxophonist Benoît Berthe, offering a music full of energy, enthusiasm and sharing. The repertoire included original pieces of post-bop jazz influence, between tradition and modernity. In January 2010 the group recorded a first album entitled: "First Pages", awarded as "Revelation Jazz – Young Talent 2010" by Alex Dutilh (Radio France).
Awards and credits
After having obtained his diploma with honours in 2008, carrying also the winning of music festivals such as: finalist of the "Trofeo Sunside 2008", finalist of the "Tremplin Rezzo 2009"; he shared the stage of "Jazz à Foix 2009" with the saxophonist Olivier Temime, on the occasion of the evening dedicated to young French talents. In 2010 he was named "Revelation Jazz 2010" by the broadcast "Open Jazz" on France Musique.
Cover notes written by Rosario Giuliani:
I met Benoit for the first time at the Avoriaz Festival in France. He opened my concert with french trumpeter Nicolas Folmer and the first thing that struck me was the sound of the group and the quality of the compositions. I advised them to send a CD to participate in the selections of the Europe Jazz Contest organized by Saint Louis College Of Music, and some time later, I was happy to know of their victory.
Listening to the music of this quartet you can perceive: talent, tenacity and intelligence, essential qualities to be able to embark on a musical career that lasts over time. Benoit Berthe with Jean Kapsa on piano, Zacharie Abraham on bass and Nicolas Charlier on drums will not be long in establishing themselves on the international jazz scene and I am happy to have contributed to ensuring that this beautiful record work was carried out in the best way.