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David BENOIT – Inner Motion 1990

Posted in David BENOIT, JAZZ on December 20, 2010 by whoisthemonk

David BENOIT – Inner Motion 1990


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.
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.
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!!!
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
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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David BENOIT – Jazz for Peanuts 2008

Posted in David BENOIT, JAZZ on November 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

David BENOIT – Jazz for Peanuts 2008


2008’s Jazz For Peanuts is the brainchild of five-time Grammy nominated musician, composer and arranger David Benoit, ,who has been composing music for Peanuts TV specials for over 15 years Features Vince Guaraldi’s ‘Linus & Lucy’, which has become popularly known as the Peanuts franchise theme. Most of the tracks from various Peanuts specials were re-recorded by Benoit while a few, most notably ‘Linus and Lucy’, were remastered from the original tapes. 10 tracks.
This review is from: Jazz For Peanuts – Charlie Brown TV Themes (Audio CD)
Jazz pianist David Benoit has made no secret of his love for Charles Schultz’s famous comic strip, Peanuts, and the piano music that accompanies its animated adaptations.
It began in the mid-1980s with Benoit’s popular cover of Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy,” the ever-present theme in the Charlie Brown cartoons.
Benoit added to the tours and appearances he’s made as a tribute to Schultz, and to 2000’s Here’s to You, Charlie Brown!: 50 Great Years!, by releasing “CHARLIE BROWN TV THEMES”, a nod to Vince Guaraldi, the composer of the original Peanuts piano music.
Most of the tracks from various Peanuts specials were re-recorded by Benoit while a few, most notably ‘Linus and Lucy’, were remastered from the original tapes.
Benoit adds some flair, mixing in jazz and classical influences in his own inimitable fashion.
He has selected 10 of the most compelling pieces used in the series. Four songs are classic Guaraldi, including two that previously had not been made public. He also does fresh renditions of three of his own compositions. The other songs are by Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Dave Grusin, the latter performed by Kenny G.
You don’t have to be a fan of Charlie Brown to appreciate these songs. The basis for their uses serves as an intertwining influence and provides a sense of nostalgia to the classic cartoon.
The jazz is hopping with its stunning riffs and accentuated assortments laced with a staunch injection of charisma.
“The Wynton Marsalis Septet’s performance of “The Buggy Ride” easily ranks among the highlights: a trumpet-riffing delight. (It was composed by Marsalis for “The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk,” part of the “This Is America, Charlie Brown” miniseries.) The song provides a bop-ish prelude to the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s cheery rendering of “Benjamin”.- Mike Joyce
Fittingly, the album concludes with the Guaraldi trio’s rumbling rendition of “Linus and Lucy.”
There’s a certain symphonic quality to the album as it works together forming a nice build.
This is an unusual, diverse Christmas gift for your friends who love smooth and straight-ahead jazz.
1. You’re in Love, Charlie Brown [from the TV Special “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown”] featuring David Benoit and Christian Scott
2. The Buggy Ride [from the TV Mini -Series “This Is America, Charlie Brown”] featuring the Wynton Marsalis Septet
3. Benjamin [from the TV Mini-Series “This Is America, Charlie Brown:] featuring Dave Brubeck
4. The Great Pumpkin Waltz [from the TV Special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”] featuring David Benoit
5. Wild Kids [from the Mini-Series “This Is America, Charlie Brown”] featuring David Benoit, Joe Sample and Taylor Eigsti
6. Breadline Blues [from the TV Mini-Series “This Is America, Charlie Brown”] featuring David Benoit, Dave Grusin and Kenny G
7. Be My Valentine [from the TV Specia l”Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown”] featuring David Benoit and Vince Guaraldi
8. Rollerblading [from the TV Special “It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown”] featuring David Benoit, Joe Sample and Christian Scott
9. Re-Run’s Theme [from “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown”] featuring David Benoit and Joe Sample
10. Linus and Lucy [from the TV Special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”]featuring David Benoit and Vince Guaraldi
By  Mr. R. J. Davidson.
David Benoit- Piano (1, 4, 5, 7-9);
John Robinson- Drums (1, 4-9);
Dave Carpenter- Bass (1, 4, 5, 7-9);
Christian Scott- Trumpet (1, 8);
Andy Suzuki- Tenor Sax (1, 8), Flute (9);
Pat Kelley- Guitar (1, 5, 8, 9);
Wynton Marsalis- Trumpet (2);
Eric Reed- Piano (2);
Benjamin Wolfe- Stand-up Bass (2);
Wessell Anderson- alto and Soprano Sax (2);
Victor Goines- Tenor Sax and clarinet (2);
Wycliffe Gordon- Trombone (2);
Herlin Riley- Drums (2);
Dave Brubeck- Piano (3);
Bob Militello- Flute (3);
Chris Brubeck- Electric Bass (3);
Randy Jones- Drums (3);
Taylor Eigsti- Piano (5);
Kenny G soprano- Sax (6);
Walter Afanasieff- Keyboards (6);
Vail Johnson- Electric Bass (6);
Vince Guaraldi- Piano (10);
Fred Marshall- Bass (10);
Jerry Granelli- Drums (10).
01. You’re In Love, Charlie Brown David Benoit 4:05
02. The Buggy Ride, Wynton Marsalis 4:36
03. Benjamin, Dave Brubeck 3:48
04. The Great Pumpkin Waltz, David Benoit 4:18
05. Wild Kids, David Benoit 4:09
06. Breadline Blues, Kenny G 4:10
07. Be My Valentine, David Benoit 4:36
08. Rollerblading, David Benoit 3:53
09. Re-Run’s Theme, David Benoit 3:47
10. Linus And Lucy, Vince Guaraldi Trio 3:04

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