David Benoit – Conversation
To call David Benoit a grand seigneur of smooth jazz, would be a bit too short. Sure, this pianist is well-known as interpret of several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas).
Nevertheless musical pigeonholing is hated him. David states: “When I started making records, I never conformed to a specific format. Mostly my records were just me writing and playing my own music, directly from my heart. I’ve come back to that on this record, but using some orchestral colors this time. As a composer, I’ve stretched a bit, and this really represents where I am right now as a pianist, as a musician, as a composer. It’s a very good snapshot for people who have been following me for a while. This is where I am right now. I’m not pandering to radio. I’m just doing what I love to do, and that’s what’s been so much fun about it.”
Indeed is life too colorful, to reduce oneself on one format. Consequently David’s new album Conversation (2012) presents a great bouquet of different styles, touching David’s musical ideas.