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David Benoit

One of the more popular performers in the idiom somewhat inaccurately called "contemporary jazz," David Benoit has mostly performed light melodic background music, what critic Alex Henderson has dubbed "new age with a beat." Benoit has done a few fine jazz projects (including a tribute to Bill Evans and a collaboration with Emily Remler) but most of his output for GRP has been aimed clearly at the charts. He studied composition and piano at El Camino College and, in 1975, played on the soundtrack of the film Nashville. After recording with Alphonse Mouzon and accompanying singer Gloria Lynne, he was signed to the AVI label when he was 24, recording sets that paved the way toward his later output. In 1986, Benoit signed as a solo artist for GRP, a relationship that would last until 2003. Albums like 1989's Waiting for Spring and 1999's Professional Dreamer showcase his smooth, lyrical style, while projects like his 2000 tribute to Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts scores, Here's to You, Charlie Brown!: 50 Great Years!, demonstrate where his own tastes lie. A decade after their first joint venture, Benoit and Russ Freeman collaborated on Benoit/Freeman Project 2, released by the Concord-associated label Peak in 2004. For 2005's Orchestral Works he was joined by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and members of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has released two studio albums including Full Circle released in 2006 and Standards, which appeared later that same year. In 2008, Benoit paid tribute to some of his musical idols with the album Heroes. The album saw him covering songs by Elton John, The Beatles, Dave Brubeck and others. Two years later, Benoit delivered the Clark Germain produced electronica-inflected album Earthglow. In 2012, Benoit returned with Conversation which featured the classical trio-meets-jazz trio title track taken from his "Music for Two Trios" suite. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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The sweet sound of the keyboard..Aw e s o m e . ; - )
Love It!
Excellent keyboardist
Thumbs up
Charlie Brown is so comforting.
Michael Lauricio, do you as good? You are blessed with talent my man!
I wish I play like him!!!!
I believe he is one of best jazz pianist.
I love this first black male
Love this!!! Love Franklin!!!! FIRST BLACK Guy!!!!
Vccv
Great musician.... . . . . . . . I play so I know.....
David is one of the best jazz pianist around with a style distinctivel y his own. The bio doesn't do his amazing skills at playing and writing justice. He and Joe Sample are my two favorites. American Landscape is an awesome record.
NICE........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A part of my life, soul, creative juices, and pleasure 1955-80. Caught in the groove along with 1960-70's R&B.
PEANUTS GANG ROCK!
Benoit's version of Song for My Father, is beautiful and.......ri g h t on time. Just was thinking bout my Dad and this song, came on. Thanks David Benoit.
Jack
As good as it gets
vmsrodriguez
Been listening to his music for the past 10yrs. Never get tired of it..!
Very nice David but Vince is the King!
Really extra Smooth Jazz for nice slow dancing up very close.
bigblue91
Nice!!
sgunkert
I LOVE David Benoit!
I've been listening to David for close to 30 years. He is so smooth with wonderful musical taste and can swing with the best. My all time favorite jazz pianist.
samjones27
Brings back memories
maryannebroc a t o
David Benoit is one of my favorite jazz musicians. I can always count on the fact that if I see his name on a song, its's going to be good!
That's So Jazzy:)
F6
I was horrified to find Mr. Benoit on my Jazz Station. Now I can see him and the other GRP artists on some easy listening station, but Jazz, I don't think so. Great for the elevator, but no soul. Peace
gardenofmone y
one of THE best. david benoit always crisp, gentle groove music. one of my favorite cd's.
You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
sgray08
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Speechless!! ! !
lilgracielou 2 0 0 3
I play it!!!!!!!!!
susanyilin
Perfect for this rainy day...
Every time I hear this song it makes me smile. Not only are David's chops outstanding, his interpretati o n is just fun! One of my favorite artists!!
..one incredible composer as well as a musician.... . . .
I'm crazy for this JAZZ JAM
bill.brannin g 3
It's like he is channeling Vince Geraldi
in my opinion he is one of Jazz music shinning stars
Love him the death, he just "flows-wit'- i t . " He has his own style.
my ULTIMATE JAZZ Idol...
CLASSIC ARTIST.. SEE MY BHITV.NET JOIN UP TODAY. HOT NEW SITE. EBLAST IT,TWIT,FB IT AS WELL TO ALL YOUR CONTACTS AND HAVE THEM DO THE SAME.
David Benoit is and always has been the bomb, since Iwas 25 Yrs old. I am now 5-----, Luv Him!
Just heard some of his stuff on the local radio... Shazzam-ed it and pulled him up on here. Never been a jazz person... but looks like a new thing for my future. Addicting and alluring sound.
I've been a David Benoit fan for a long time he's a smooth cat
His easy flowing style meshes well while emtertaining company and it excells when you're alone with your thoughts.
Been listening to Mr. Benoit since he started..... . h e ' s great
Won two tickets to his Feb.8, 2013 show in San Antonio, can't wait to go!!!
If the new group of listeners understand old school the foundation of jazz, then they will understand how we all arrive at this point. Y? It was because of old school jazz players. Thank you for what you have inspired me to be. Thank you DBENOIT. YOU deserve all caps. I'm a 57 year old drummer. I have so much expression to put in the atmosphere. I'm the me nobody knows. You will hear this name in the future. I'm back.
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