born on 29/7/1954 in Algier, Algeria
Michel Benita (born 1954 in Algiers, Algeria) is a double bass player, prominent in jazz music since 1980's. He moved to Paris in 1981 and became one of the major discoveries in European jazz scene. He has worked with Aldo Romano, Marc Ducret, Martial Solal, Lee Konitz, Andy Sheppard, Dino Saluzzi, and Archie Shepp. He formed the ELB trio in 1999 with Vietnamese guitar player Nguyên Lê and American drummer Peter Erskine.
- Preferences (Label Bleu, 1990)
- Soul (Label Bleu, 1993)
- The Woman Next Door (Label Bleu, 1998)
- ELB (ACT, 2004)
- Drastic (BHM Productions, 2006)
- Dream Flight (ACT, 2008)
- Ramblin' (Blu Jazz, 2008)
- Un Soir au Club (Le Chant du Monde, 2010)
- Ethics (Zig Zag, 2010)
- Trio Libero (ECM, 2012)
- River Silver (ECM, 2016)
- Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (2015)
- Marmande, Francis (2004) "Michel Benita, les basses doucement !", Le Monde, 16 January 2004
- "Michel Benita | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres juillet 2015". www.culturecommunication.gouv.fr (in French). 9 April 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2017.