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Sergio Benchimol biography
Multi-instrumentalist Sérgio BENCHIMOL is quite well-known on the Brazilian prog scene. He played with symphonic prog band SEMENTE in the early 70s and with mellow jazz band TRUE ILLUSION among others. On his only album, he handles piano, viola, guitar, bass, Mellotron, Moog, sitar, tubular bells and vocals. He is deftly surrounded by flautist David Ganc whose instrument dominates many of the album's tracks; Ganc also plays alto, sporano and tenor saxes. Finally, cellist Luciano Vaz and oboe player Carlos Prazeres complete the line-up.

The 2004 album "A Drop in the Ocean, an Ocean in a Drop" is a delightful collection of 19 melodic and mostly instrumental music; it's a mixture of prog rock, folk, world and jazz fusion. The first half of the album has a more refined, relaxed atmosphere, almost a chamber orchestra feel whereas the second is rockier and jazzier. This is upbeat, breezy material, not anywhere near bombastic or intense, and where the ever-present melodious flute of David Ganc takes center stage. The moods are many and varied, the compositions relatively simple, featuring ethnic influenced melodies over repeated progressions of two or three chords and a couple of solos or melodic breaks. Vocals are rather sparse and non-intrusive, sort of mixed in with the sound.

Fans of CAMEL, FOCUS, GOTIC, JADE WARRIOR, those who like SOLARIS's side project "Musical Witchcraft", in fact anyone who appreciates melodic flute should definitely lend BENCHIMOL an ear. or two.

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 A Drop In The Ocean, An Ocean In A Drop by BENCHIMOL, SERGIO album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.19 | 9 ratings

A Drop In The Ocean, An Ocean In A Drop
Sergio Benchimol Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Multi-instrumentalist SERGIO BENCHIMOL is an experienced musician,as hes was part of brazilian bands SEMENTE and TRUE ILLUSION during his career.He released his first personal work in 2004,entitled ''A drop in the ocean,an ocean in a drop''.A very demanding work,this album is a weird yet fascinating compination between chamber music and progressive rock.First part of the album contains exclusively chamber-oriented tracks based on tasteful flutes and nice classical guitars,surrounded by the use of instruments like cello,violin and sitar.As the album unfolds the music follows more complicated and energetic ways with the addition of electric instruments and a tight rhythm section,this time having a jazzier sound due to the heavy use of saxes.You'll be reminded of MANEIGE,pastoral Italian folk/prog bands or even a jazzier E.L.P. with nice piano/flute work and obscure synthesizers by Benchimol himself.This is mainly a mellow and relaxing album,but certainly it will appeal only to open-minded progsters,who would like to add a more chamber and jazzy taste in their music.
 A Drop In The Ocean, An Ocean In A Drop by BENCHIMOL, SERGIO album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.19 | 9 ratings

A Drop In The Ocean, An Ocean In A Drop
Sergio Benchimol Eclectic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This Brasilian musician is a multi-instrumenalist: he plays piano, flute, guitar and bass and also uses a wide range of guest musicians (playing instruments from Moog and sitar to oboe and percussion). Most of the 19 songs on this CD are mellow and dreamy acoustic folk with fine interplay between flute, acoustic guitar, flute, violin, sitar or saxophone. Some tracks sound more as symphonic rock: the dynamic Terral with swirling flute, violin and Mellotron waves, the King Crimson (Red-era) inspired The Hunt (fiery sax and electric guitar) and A Drop In The Ocean (delivering piano, sax and Moog flights). I was very pleased with the warm Spanish guitar, blended with violin and flute on Bamidbar. For me this is a beautiful folk-oriented CD with some symphonic compositions.

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