David BENOIT – Inner Motion 1990

David BENOIT – Inner Motion 1990

Jazz

The pianist’s fifth release for GRP was not only his most mature and sophisticated pop-jazz outing to date, but also one of the year’s most enjoyable genre releases. Providing the usual Benoit trademark blend of frisky, angst-free melodic stylings with introspective ballads and knockout vocals (two tunes feature David Pack) and following up the success of their “The Key to You” collaboration in 1988, this stellar collection helped solidify Benoit’s hold on the musical form that tunes like “Kei’s Song” and “Every Step of the Way” helped popularize. The tender and passionate, finely orchestrated “A Last Request” and “6 string Poet” (the latter dedicated to the late guitarist Emily Remler, who played on Benoit’s Waiting For Spring) are perhaps more artsy, but once again, it’s the excitement of selections like the Western tinged “Houston” and “South East Quarter” which propels this collection. The hip-hop grooves offered on “MWA (Musicians With Attitude)” offer a pleasant and unexpected diversion as well. With Benoit, melody is king, and once again,
almost every tune is instantly hummable.
By Jonathan Widran.
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David Benoit was born on August 18, 1953 at Bakersfield, California and raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles. At the age of 13, he studied piano with Marya Cressy Wright and continued his training with Abraham Fraser, who was the pianist for Arturo Toscaninni. Later, he took film-scoring classes at UCLA. David’s career began as a Music Director and conductor for “Lainie Kazan”, a diva in 1976. He also performed at The White House for three U.S. Presidents: Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr. Other dignitaries he performed for include Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, the late Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, current Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn and Senator Dick Durbin.

David’s debut album, Heavier Than Yesterday was released in 1977. His album, Freedom at Midnight, which was released in 1987, was his biggest seller and most popular album. David has released several singles and solo recordings over the past 25 years. David was voted Keyboardist of the Year for 2000 and 2001 by the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, and is currently in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart with Fuzzy Logic, which issued the recent #1 hit instrumental single “Snap”.

David has arranged, conducted and performed music for many popular pop and jazz artists over the years, including “Russ Freeman” and The Rippingtons he was involved with the band in its formative stages, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Dave Koz, Kenny Rankin, Faith Hill, David Lanz, Cece Winans, David Pack, David Sanborn, “The Walt Disney Organization” and Brian McKnight. He also arranged and performed The Songs of West Side Story, an all-star project produced by David Pack, which achieved gold sales status.
From WikiMusicGuide.
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I have owned several of David Benoit’s CD’s over the years. I purchased this one not long after it came out and it is still in my collection. He is a wonderful keyboard player. This one features the superb singing of the former lead singer of Ambrosia (David Pack) on the the selections called Every Corner Of The World and also Along Love’s Highway. Incidentally, these are two of the best tracks on this one. The other two songs that I like are M.W.A. (Musicians With Attitude), and El Camino Real. This may be his best!!!
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Vinnie Colaiuta- Drums  #1
Brandon Fields- Alto Saxophone  #2, 8
Marcel East- Drum Programming, Synthesizer Programming  #1
Gary Herbig- Clarinet  #2, 8
Pat Kelly- Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar  #2, 8
Neil Stubenhaus- Bass  #2-3, 6, 8
John Robinson- Drums  #2-3, 6, 8
Michael Fisher- Percussion  #2, 4-5, 8, 10
David Pack- Vocal Arrangement, Vocal  #3, 6
Paul Jackson, Jr.- Guitar  #3, 6
Steve Forman- Percussion  #3, 6-7, 9
Warfield Symphony Orchestra  #4-5, 10
Jean McClain- Background Vocals  #3, 8
Melinda Chatman- Background Vocals  #3, 8
Phillip Ingram- Background Vocals  #3, 8
Chuck Sabatino- Background Vocals  #3, 8
Grant Geissman- Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar  #4-5, 7, 9
Steve Bailey- Acoustic Bass  #4-5, 7, 9, 10
David Derge- Drums  #4-5, 7, 9, 10
Doug Cameron- Violin  #5
Eric Marienthal- Soprano Saxophone  #7, 9
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01. M.W.A. (Musicians With Attitude) (4:21)
02. Coconut Roads  (2:40)
03. Every Corner of the World  (4:56)
04. 6-String Poet  (4:42)
05. Houston  (3:44)
06. Along Love’s Highway  (4:54)
07. Deep Light  (4:38)
08. Camino Real  (5:14)
09. South East Quarter  (5:24)
10. Last Request  (3:45)
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