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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 clearly been aimed 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 for his later output. In 1986, Benoit signed as a solo artist with 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. He released two studio albums including Full Circle 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, and in 2012, he returned with Conversation, which featured the classical trio-meets-jazz-trio title track taken from his "Music for Two Trios" suite.

In 2014, Benoit contributed to former Ambrosia guitarist David Pack's Napa Crossroads set with Alan Parsons, Ray Manzarek, Larry Carlton, Mindi Abair, and others.

Benoit shifted focus on his next outing. Deciding to record an all-originals vocal album, he collaborated with lyricists Lorraine Feather, Mark Winkler, and Spencer Day. Released in the June of 2015, 2 in Love featured Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. She was also featured heavily on Believe, a Christmas recording that appeared just four months later. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Conversation

1. Napa Crossroads Overture

2. Feelin It

3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

4. Kei's Song Redux

5. Sunrise On Mansion Row

6. You Re Amazing

7. Q's Motif

8. Let's Get Ready

9. Conversation (From Music For Two Trios)

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Track List: Earthglow

1. Botswana Bossa Nova

2. Will's Chill

3. Unbelievable

4. Easy Day

5. Straightaway

6. New Creation

7. Earthglow

8. Sneaky As A Cat

9. Downtime

10. Brownie's Gone

11. Freedom At Midnight (The Schroeder Variations)

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Track List: Heroes

1. Mountain Dance

2. Human Nature

3. Your Song

4. Light My Fire

5. Never Can Say Goodbye

6. She's Leaving Home

7. Song For My Father

8. You Look Good To Me

9. Waltz For Debbie

10. A Twisted Little Etude

11. Blue Rondo A La Turk

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Track List: Full Circle

1. Cafe Rio

2. First Day Of School

3. Water To Drink (Agua De Beber)

4. Beat Street

5. Six Pm

6. Chasing The Tides

7. Neat With A Twist

8. Katrina's Little Bear

9. Yusuke The Ghost

10. Monster In The Attic

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Best Of David Benoit

1. Every Step Of The Way

2. Key To You

3. Freedom At Midnight

4. Kei's Song

5. Wild Kids

6. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

7. M.W.A. (Musicians With Attitude)

8. Saudade

9. Wailea

10. American Landscape

11. Linus And Lucy

12. Watermelon Man

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Track List: Right Here, Right Now

1. Watermelon Man

2. Right Here, Right Now

3. Le Grand

4. Don't Know Why

5. Jellybeans And Chocolate

6. Third Encounter

7. Swingin' Waikiki

8. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

9. Wistful Thinking

10. Quiet Room

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Track List: Fuzzy Logic

1. Snap!

2. Fuzzy Logic

3. Someday Soon

4. Then The Morning Comes

5. Reflections

6. Coming Up For Air

7. You Read My Mind

8. War Of The S.U.V.'s

9. Tango In The Barbados

10. One Dream At A Time

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Track List: Here's To You, Charlie Brown!: 50 Great Years!

1. Linus And Lucy

2. Charlie Brown Theme

3. Pebble Beach

4. Linus Tells Charlie

5. Freda

6. Christmas Time Is Here

7. Getting Ready

8. Blue Charlie Brown

9. Red Baron

10. Happiness

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Track List: The Best Of David Benoit

1. Drive Time

2. Every Step Of The Way

3. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

4. Searching For June

5. M.W.A. (Musicians With Attitude)

6. Linus And Lucy

7. Kei's Song

8. The Key To You

9. Freedom At Midnight

10. Still Standing

11. Wailea

12. Letter To Evan

13. Urban Daydreams

14. Mediterranean Nights

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Track List: Shadows

1. Overture

2. Over the Edge

3. Have You Forgotten Interlude

4. Shadows

5. Saudade

6. Moments

7. Already There

8. Still Standing

9. Castles

10. Have You Forgotten

11. Reprise

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Track List: Waiting For Spring

1. Waiting For Spring

2. After The Snow Falls

3. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

4. Turn Out The Stars

5. Cabin Fever

6. Cat On A Windowsill

7. Some Other Sunset

8. My Romance

9. Funkallero

10. I Remember Bill Evans

11. Fireside

12. Secret Love

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Track List: Jazz For Peanuts: A Retrospective Of The Charlie Brown TV Themes

1. You're In Love, Charlie Brown

2. The Buggy Ride

3. Benjamin

4. The Great Pumpkin Waltz

5. Wild Kids

6. Bread Line Blues

7. Be My Valentine

8. Rollerblading

9. Re-Run's Theme

10. Linus And Lucy

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Great Stuff. Benoit is a Genius!!
Love his beautiful warm Wonderful Music. Certainly very Feel Good !!
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Love it!!!
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ebouler3
Sweet benoit swweeeettt!! !
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great stuff
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I LOVE HIM ALREADY !!!
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smooth
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=D
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Jazz Charlie Brown
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marmergillan o
Hope to see u D.B
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Enjoy this sound, and relax!
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hariiro
enjoy your time love you too baby girl who is 55
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Great artist, phenomenal talent.
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Merry Christmas 2015 This is very nice and jazzy ....what would Christmas be without Charlie Brown Love It! !
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I love Charlie Brown . He da man.
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Mwa one of Davids best efforts . musicians with attitude !!!
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Love this!
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AWESOME!!!
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When you put these brothers together what do you GET???? ??????SMOOTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . J A Z Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t h a t is/peace goes out to JAZZ LOVERS
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I love this!!!
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i love this piece YOU READ MY MIND
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kimovn630
Mediterranea n Nights, one of many beloved David Benoit tunes. This one is sexy and romantic. Captures the imagination!
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EVERY STEP OF THE WAY is without a doubt my very, very personal favorite David Benoit tune. Always puts a big smile on my face as I'm enjoying such a wonderful composition! : )
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Thru all the changes in the SJ genre Dave gently "goes with the flow" and just keeps making great music. Thank you Dr. Benoit. And thank you Pandora for your great effort @ keeping SJ alive.
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Absolutely brilliant!!!
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Always good and enjoyable!!
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Love his music.
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Sweet
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Monster In The Attic: This is new. It has a great sound to it.
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greenbocai
American Landscape is my favorite!
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jones.walter 1 3
I think This Side Up is probably his best album although it's very hard to find.
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Raynal 1223
Very soothing, light, airy Davids music relaxes me and takes to a very beautiful place.
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Yes, this is so true, I could NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE! I just can't.
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David Benoit's elegant sound never goes out of style! : )
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Doc love
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Aimed at the charts or not, this guy truly rocks....
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The amazing David Benoit!
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I love the way he takes a song and makes it his own, but I do believe the song that really started me to take heed and listen to smooth jazz, was a song I believed it to be his greatest hit, was " Kei's Song", and I heard that on the Weather Channel, back in the late 80's, my favorite song
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We're doing this song for my jazz band
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scott.fullwi l e r

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rf2nd
Somehow soft bright musicians almost always get mediocre reviews and the bad asses gets raves. This man's repertoire is not background music or new age with a beat. It is what it is---light contemporary jazz..
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From his song, on the Weather Channel , to the present, his music is like a fine wine, aging ever so gracefully, tremendous musician
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kfrobert5
David is the penultimate jazz pianist!
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This is my most favorite song from David. I heard this on Watercolors the other day and had no idea this was him I was totally shocked. You Read My Mind sounds more like a young contemporary style of music which I love, so I was fine with this. LOVE LOVE LOVE This!!!! Thanks David.
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Lifetime follower and it never gets old or boring. Just amazing and talented artist of our generation and more.go man go!!!
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juliedee1109
His music is absolutely amazing!��
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Very weak write up about such a strong talented player! His live performances are dynamic and innovative. Heaven forbid someone play music with structure and strong melody. His homage to "Uncle Vince", superb!
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pokeman.natn o o k
I love Charlie Brown, and I love Jazz.
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The sweet sound of the keyboard..Aw e s o m e . ; - )
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Love It!
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Excellent keyboardist
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