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David Benoit: Urban Daydreams (1989)

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Artist:

David Benoit

Title:

Urban Daydreams

Released: 1989
Label: GRP
Catalog: GR-9587
Genre: Jazz
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Sailing Through The City
02 Cloud Break
03 Urban Daydreams
04 When The Winter's Gone (Song For A Stranger)
05 Snow Dancing
06 Safari
07 Wild Kids
08 Looking Back
09 Seattle Morning
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Album Review

by Jonathan Widran [allmusic.com]

Should there be any doubt as to why over the course of a few short years in the mid- to late '80s David Benoit shot from relative obscurity to certifiable contemporary jazz superstardom, this diverse outing will quickly put it to rest. With Benoit's assistance, producer Don Grusin perfectly layers the many adventurous synthesizer riffs and lush orchestration here with Benoit's elegant acoustic piano. Grusin penned the most exciting track (if not one of the best cuts of Benoit's early career), the funky and melodic "Sailing Through the City," which features the high flying sax work of Eric Marienthal. Benoit either wrote or co-wrote the other eight tunes, ranging from the introspective "Looking Back" to the playful "Snow Dancing," but he really strikes pay-dirt on the title track, which has that unmistakable Benoit trademark, a mellow beginning and a rousingly upbeat finish. Also a lot of fun is the perky, spirited "Wild Kids," which he wrote with Grusin for a Charlie Brown TV special. With each new album, Benoit began taking new and inspired chances in the format's early days. On his previous album Every Step of the Way, it was the classically tinged "Rebach" and here it's "Sailing..." Fortunately, he knows just how to please, and so sticks for the most part to the magic touch he has displayed so formidably on the acoustic piano. When you hear a Benoit tune, you can instantly identify it. Such definition characterized his even greater output of the '90s.


David Benoit: Waiting For Spring [GRP GR-9595] (1989)

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Title:

Waiting For Spring

Released: 1989
Label: GRP
Catalog: GR-9595
Genre: Jazz
NOTE: White Label Promotional Copy
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Waiting For Spring
02 After The Snow Falls
03 Cast Your Fate To The Wind
04 Turn Out The Stars
05 Cabin Fever
06 Cat On A Windowsill
07 Some Other Sunset
08 My Romance
09 Funkallero
10 I Remember Bill Evans
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Album Review

by Alex Henderson [allmusic.com]

After making so many forgettable albums with commercial radio in mind, David Benoit took a break from the type of smooth jazz fluff he usually records and delivered a respectable, straight-ahead CD with Waiting for Spring. Instead of shamelessly wasting his improvisatory skills, he actually lets loose on the acoustic piano and makes some meaningful statements. Bill Evans is obviously a great influence on Benoit, whose vulnerability makes his love of the late piano legend obvious on originals as well as lyrical interpretations of standards like "My Romance" and "Secret Love." Benoit has a fine soloist in the late guitarist Emily Remler, who is consistently warm, melodic, and inviting. Though the album isn't breathtaking, it's satisfying and heartfelt.


David Benoit - Inner Motion (GRP GR-9621) (1990)

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Artist:

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Title:

Inner Motion

Released: 1990
Label: GRP
Catalog: GR-9621
Genre: Jazz
Note: Featuring David Pack (Ambrosia) on vocals
T R A C K L I S T:
01 M.W.A. (Musicians With Attitude)
02 Coconut Roads
03 Every Corner Of The World
04 6-String Poet
05 Houston
06 Along Love's Highway
07 Deep Light
08 El Camino Real
09 South East Quarter
10 A Last Request
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Album Review

by Jonathan Widran [allmusic.com]

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.

David Benoit's Biography

by Scott Yanow [allmusic.com]

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. In 2010, Benoit delivered the Clark Germain produced electronica-inflected album Earthglow.
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