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Album Review

David Benoit had a slight departure with this 1992 release, performing two previously unheard Bill Evans compositions ("Letter to Evan" and "Knit for Mary F."), Dave Brubeck's "Kathy's Waltz" and a mixture of standards and originals. Most of the tunes are played with small groups (duets to quartets) and such fine players as bassist John Patitucci, drummer Peter Erskine and guitarists Larry Carlton and Peter Sprague make strong contributions. The melodic and mostly straight-ahead music is pleasing, pretty and sometimes swinging, if not all particularly innovative. Worth checking out by jazz listeners.

Customer Reviews

Excellent Benoit!!

This album is one of the best by benoit and should be in your collection as well as his 1989 release which is similar to this one. Top track of mine are "the islans" and "take 6". Oh and I agree with the user on what he said about Smooth Jazz. It used to be so good back in the day but now it's trash.

Superb - Possibly His Best Work

Smooth jazz (BOR-ing) drives the instrumental jazz music market these days, but this 1992 release preceded the popularization of smooth jazz...and it's chock full of substantive music. If you want to hear Benoit at his best, this is an absolute must-have album. There are three absolute classics on this disc: "On Golden Pond" (the theme from the movie), "Looking Over Eastlake" and "Kathy's Waltz". The truth is...there's not a weak cut on the album (not something that can be said of many of David's discs). This is, overall, a slightly darker mood than the normal Benoit sound. But that's not a criticism. It's a rich darkness. This album is an absolute treasure. Get it. Own it. Love it.


Born: August 18, 1953 in Bakersfield, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 clearly been aimed at the charts. He studied composition and piano at El Camino College and, in 1975, played on the soundtrack...
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