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Pianist and composer David Benoit has something to say. It s clear from his multi-dimensional body of work across three-and-a-half decades, and his deep jazz roots that still allow room for forays into classical, Latin, pop, world music and a range of other sounds. The connections and associations he has made along the way have resulted in a fascinating and ongoing interplay between musics, musicians and musical philosophies. Simply put, Benoit is engaged in a conversation a dynamic and ongoing act of communication that results in a sound that s consistently engaging and entertaining.

When I started making records, I never conformed to a specific format, says Benoit, whose recording career began with the release of Heavier Than Yesterday in 1977. 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.

Benoit takes the discussion to a new level of creative exchange on Conversation, his new album. Benoit gets assistance along the way from musicians representing a broad cross section of styles: electric guitarist Jeff Golub, acoustic guitarist Pat Kelley, guitarist David Pack (Ambrosia), flutist Tim Weisberg, classical pianist Robert Theis and a cadre of young classical players who are fearless about taking their music to less traditional and more adventurous and exploratory places.

The discussion may be intense and filled with many voices, but the overriding message remains simple. My primary goal on this recording just as it is on nearly all of my recordings is for people to come away from it feeling good, says Benoit. Or maybe it will take them to a place they ve never been. Maybe they ll feel something a little bit deeper than they might feel with other CDs, or maybe they ll want to put it on and have a cocktail and dance the bossa nova. In the end, I want them to take away whatever they want to take away. The main thing is that they enjoy it, and they experience a little bit of what I experienced making it. Listen to David Benoit s Conversation and hear what this innovative and enduring artist has to say.

1. Napa Crossroads Overture
2. Feelin It
3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
4. Kei s Song Redux
5. Sunrise On Mansion Row
6. You re Amazing
7. Q s Motif
8. Let s Get Ready
9. Conversation (from Music For Two Trios)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B007NKSSNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sunder on May 30, 2012
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Leaving behind the downtempo electronic approach of 2010's Earthglow, pianist David Benoit returns to a more traditional contemporary jazz vibe on 2012's "Conversation".
Once again working with producer Clark Germain, Benoit has put together a more organic, swinging sound this time around.
To these ends, we get the R&B-infused Latin number "Feelin' It" as well as Benoit's take on the Vince Guaraldi-sounding theme to the film "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" featuring guitarist Jeff Golub. Similarly engaging are such cuts as the roiling spy-movie funk of "Q's Motif" and the jazz-funk of "Let's Get Ready" with saxophonist David Sills. One of the main draws here, of course, is the title track composition that Benoit culled from the last movement of his suite "Music for Two Trios".
The track showcases a classical trio featuring pianist Robert Theis and a jazz organ trio led by Benoit trading sections and going head to head on this cinematic and rambling "conversation" piece. M. Collar

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sakura1220 on October 12, 2012
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5 stars just aren't enough! it's THAT good! i agree with the other post that said there isn't enough music on this cd....so true! but then again, i don't think i could EVER get enough of this man! good jazz piano is very hard to come by these days and david proves that he is still top notch in this category. my all time favorite benoit song is searching for june (off of his best of compilation) as well as the breathtakingly beautiful kei's song. on this cd, the redux version of kei's song is very pleasant to the ears. although i do prefer the original, this one is pretty fantastic. also, the title track, conversation, is another highlight on this cd. absolutely wonderful concept of the musicians having a "conversation" with each other. his daughter (who plays violin on these tracks) seems to be just as talented as her dad.

all in all, if you are a true benoit fan, than DON'T WALK....RUN for this latest masterpiece by one of the great pianists of our time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dannie C. Kemp on October 2, 2013
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Always a pleasure to listen to a composer who takes his talent seriously. Flowing and melodic this is truly a compilation that represents the smooth and contemporary jazz style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lobel on December 3, 2012
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David Benoit is one of those artists whose works I buy when they first come out. I don't wait to hear any of it or look at reviews. I own every CD of his and some cassette tapes that were never made into CD. There aren't a lot of artists who I am willing to do that for but he is one.

Having said that, I have been less than blown away by several of his more recent recordings. There are always very good tracks on each release but I have found some just fair ones on most as well. When I go back to his older stuff every single track has something I love. Not so with his last four or five. Conversation, however, has brought me back to the place where I am enthralled with every piece on the CD. Some stuff which really takes me back to older Benoit music, some newer sounding tracks, but each and every one is great. Definitely the best work of his in years.

Too short, as other reviewers have mentioned? Yes, but all his CDs are too short because I can never get enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PositiveLogic TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 1, 2012
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I've been a big fan of David Benoit's since the early 1990s. He's one of the few artists who has written songs that I can listen to over and over every day. Anybody can write a hook, but Benoit is one of the rare artists who weaves in complexity and color that keeps his music fresh. Napa Crossroads Overture and Sunrise On Mansion Row have that depth. And, course I love the new arrangement to Kei's Song (which I'm now learning to play on piano). There are some cuts that miss it for me, but that's my own tastes. Typically, I'm not crazy about blues flavored cuts because there's so predicatable but overall -- I good with this and highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on August 21, 2013
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David Benoit is so lyrical, so evocative! I am lucky enough to hear him on Kjazz 88.1 and when he plays on the radio program, he's great! His musical style is lush, and i'm surprised he hasn't done a movie screen track. Why don't we have homegrown American talents like David Benoit lending his creativity to movies, etc I'll never understand. Great listening!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Butler on June 10, 2013
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I've been a fan of Mr. Benoit's going back to his first recording (and I think I have them all) and I love this new CD. I also appreciated that one of my favorite of his compositions "Kei's Song" was re-visited as "Kei's Song Redux." In my opinion you can't go wrong with any one of David Benoit's recordings ... go through the listing, pick a CD ... you'll be happy!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Maroni on May 13, 2013
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Absolutely love it! One of his best albums thus far. Have enjoyed his music for years. Like the versatility in this one.
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