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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 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. Two years later, Benoit delivered the Clark Germain produced electronica-inflected album Earthglow. In 2012, Benoit returned with Conversation which featured the classical trio-meets-jazz trio title track taken from his "Music for Two Trios" suite. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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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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Thumbs up
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Charlie Brown is so comforting.
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Michael Lauricio, do you as good? You are blessed with talent my man!
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I wish I play like him!!!!
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I believe he is one of best jazz pianist.
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I love this first black male
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Love this!!! Love Franklin!!!! FIRST BLACK Guy!!!!
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Vccv
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Great musician.... . . . . . . . I play so I know.....
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David is one of the best jazz pianist around with a style distinctivel y his own. The bio doesn't do his amazing skills at playing and writing justice. He and Joe Sample are my two favorites. American Landscape is an awesome record.
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NICE........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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A part of my life, soul, creative juices, and pleasure 1955-80. Caught in the groove along with 1960-70's R&B.
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PEANUTS GANG ROCK!
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Benoit's version of Song for My Father, is beautiful and.......ri g h t on time. Just was thinking bout my Dad and this song, came on. Thanks David Benoit.
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Jack
As good as it gets
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vmsrodriguez
Been listening to his music for the past 10yrs. Never get tired of it..!
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Very nice David but Vince is the King!
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Really extra Smooth Jazz for nice slow dancing up very close.
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bigblue91
Nice!!
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sgunkert
I LOVE David Benoit!
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I've been listening to David for close to 30 years. He is so smooth with wonderful musical taste and can swing with the best. My all time favorite jazz pianist.
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samjones27
Brings back memories
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