David Benoit is like Dave Grusin one of the big names of contemporary jazz. Always looking after new sides of music, he creates with Earthglow (2010) anew gripping melodies with addictive potential. Inspired by the breathtaking NASA photo of our planet, which decorates the CD, the content keeps the promise of the impressing cover.
Guest musicians on this album are Rick Braun (trumpet, flugelhorn), Brad Dutz (percussion), Jeff Kashiwa (sax), Pat Kelly (guitars), and Tim Weisberg (flutes). These names indicate, in which direction the ship is sailing: To the endless sea of contemporary jazz.
Starter of the album is Botswana Bossa Nova. Benoit comments: “I loved the world mix of exotic ethnic percussion, African voices along with Brazilian beats…” Connoisseurs of Benoit’s music will certainly recognize the seamless continuation of the style of his earlier period. A great initiator for this impression is David’s genius working on Quincy Jones’ Soul Bossa Nova, a song of timeless attraction.
Will’s Chill sets the counterpart to the previous tune. Modern, contemporary, chilly, the song experiments with the chill-out style of European musicians without neglecting the importance of classic instruments presented by Pat Kelly (acoustic guitar), Jeff Kashiwa (sax) and of course David Benoit on piano.