Archive for July 14th, 2012

David Benoit – Conversation

Some people credit David Benoit with being a pioneer of smooth jazz. He was making a name for himself in the format before it was established as a format. But that’s not an accurate picture. The pianist and composer is all about making good music. And a glance at his repertoire reveals straight jazz, Latin, Brazilian, pop, orchestral and other styles.

Conversation (Heads Up, 2012) is Benoit’s personal statement: “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.”

Longtime friend and collaborator David Pack co-wrote the opening track, “Napa Crossroads Overture.” As its name implies, this song captures the essence of Benoit. At once, it’s pop, it’s light jazz, it’s cinematic. Benoit plays piano, keyboards and conducts the orchestra. Pack plays guitar and adds orchestrations. A little depth is provided by Pat Kelley on acoustic guitar, David Hughes on electric bass, Jamey Tate on drums and Brad Dutz on percussion.

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