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Professional Dreamer

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Rick Braun acted as producer for six of the tunes on Professional Dreamer, and it adds a funkier dimension to Benoit's rich keyboards and lyrical piano solos. Funky is a direction that Benoit is clearly ready for. You hear it especially on "ReJoyce," a celebration of the groove with Benoit using a Hammond B-3 organ for some deep soul. "Miles After Dark" also stands out, with Braun adding some tasty muted trumpet to the midnight mood. Benoit's style is still in evidence, though, especially on the slow tunes and the characteristic classical touches and Latin beats. "Dad's Room" is a beautiful ballad, with rays of light breaking into the slightly somber mood. It shows just what a master of shading Benoit is. --Adam Rains

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"My last album, American Landscape, was very heavy thematically," says David Benoit, "and I wanted this time to just have fun, keep things jamming and upbeat." To help him make the switch, the keyboardist enlisted the king of funky smooth jazz, Rick Braun, as his producer. The resulting album, Professional Dreamer (GRP), finds Benoit in the midst of thick hip-hop grooves, at times playing Hammond B-3 organ. "I'd never given an outside producer free reign like this before," say Benoit, "and there was every chance he'd obliterate my voice. Fortunately, he respected that. He said, 'Play the way you play, and I'll give you the funky environment.'"

--- JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz



Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B00000J7QH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "nightfly27" on January 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I caught Benoit in concert with Dave Koz and he played ReJoyce. After picking my jaw up from the floor, I went out the next day and bought the record. It's been in my CD changer and it ain't moving out anytime soon. Benoit has added a new dimension to his music, a funky side that wasn't there before. Obviously, teaming with Rick Braun allowed David to grow as an artist. This is an excellent buy for anyone seeking some jazz that is light and funky at the same time. I'd give it 6 stars, but five is the best I can do.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Aylor on August 12, 2000
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I have at least 7 previous CDs by David Benoit, all of them are great, but this one is the best so far. The funkier rythms are a great addition to the usual David Benoit style. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. This would be a great addition to anyones Jazz library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chuck S. on October 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After a couple of releases that were just O.K. David Benoit may have just released his best collection of songs. The funk is here with songs like "Why, Not", the gorgeous ballad is here in "Golden Gate", and another one of my favotites is "Thinking Bout the Cove". I love that Fender Rhodes solo at the end of the song. Only thing is, is fades out too fast and the song itself could be longer. 7 of the 10 songs are upbeat. Rick Braun co-wrote half of the tracks, and as you probably know by this time, you can hear his trumpet on "Miles After Dark". Truly one of the finest jazz records of 1999.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "ecgriff" on April 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've been a David Benoit fan for many years and the man has never disappointed me musically. This album is no exception. From the funky, urban chord vamps and comps of "Why Not"; to the sweet, melodious jazz/classic rendering of "Something You Said"; to the 'Brubeckish' styled "Gothic Jazz Dance", this album has it all. As an amatuer jazz pianist myself, I am completely enraptured with David's articulate and rich chord stylings on just about every song that I have heard him play. Professional Dreamer encompasses all of his seemingly infinite pianistic and compositional talents in this album. Even if you're not a dyed-in-the-wool fan of jazz, this CD has something for everyone. "Something You Said" has become a memorable, almost anthem-like song in my household, and I have used this beautiful composition extensively as background for many of my home video projects. Long live David Benoit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I happened upon a Benoit concert at Yoshi's in Oakland back in July '99 and immediately went out and bought the CD after being mesmerized by his sound. His jazz is both soothing and uplifting. Well done, Mr Benoit! I recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates contemporary jazz.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McFadden on December 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I heard "Miles After Dark a couple of times and decided I had to have the CD, I shoked to see "Rejoyce" was on this CD. I'm now trying to determine what will be the next track played on smooth jazz radio stations!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2000
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David Benoit has done his greatest with this album. The songs range from slow and wonderfully awe inspiring, to jazzy, upbeat tunes. IF you want a really fun CD to listen to - go for this one. I haven't tired of this one yet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Linn Miller on July 29, 2000
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Had never owned a David Benoit CD before, but coming back from Virginia , I heard a radio station playing this wonderful music. Checked with Amazon {couldn't even spell his name properly} and there it was. I ordered it and now I play it during breakfast at my bed and breakfast, Reapsome House. The guests love it!
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