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David BenoitAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His ‘80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other Grammy nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for ... Read more in Amazon's David Benoit Store

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He is back to a more traditional fashion. May 30, 2012
By sunder
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars the very BEST of Benoit! 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Benoit the perennial artist. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I Certainly Enjoyed This "Conversation" ... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Conversation by David Benoit 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Benoit April 24, 2013
By Barb
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This is just another of David Benoit's delightful musical offerings! Spans mellow to slightly jumpy and funky, great instrumentation, and just plain great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His generation's Dave Brubeck April 18, 2013
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Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" became a jazz standard an entire generation loved and embraced. David Benoit's work at the very least parallels Brubeck's if not surpasses. His "Sunrise Over Mansion Row" will mellow out the most frenetic listener. It is absolutely sublime. His "You Are Amazing" makes you want to move! These two works alone make "Conversations" worth the price, but all the tracks on this amazing CD are winners! This is a must have for C-Jazz afficianados. I wonder if it's purely coincidental that these two giants (Brubeck and Benoit) share the same initials?
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3.0 out of 5 stars ZZZZZZZ December 7, 2012
By Jeff64
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Oh David! As huge of a jazz fan that I am , I must say that this album is right up there with the sleepy, predictable and boring main stream jazz that has become so popular. Mr David Benoit has a unique sound and there are a few cuts on this album that I do enjoy, however, the rest I could honestly fall asleep to. Nothing fresh here and what's up with the 37 minutes of run time?
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