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Album Review

After making so many forgettable albums with commercial radio in mind, David Benoit took a break from the type of smooth jazz fluff he usually records and delivered a respectable, straight-ahead CD with Waiting for Spring. Instead of shamelessly wasting his improvisatory skills, he actually lets loose on the acoustic piano and makes some meaningful statements. Bill Evans is obviously a great influence on Benoit, whose vulnerability makes his love of the late piano legend obvious on originals as well as lyrical interpretations of standards like "My Romance" and "Secret Love." Benoit has a fine soloist in the late guitarist Emily Remler, who is consistently warm, melodic, and inviting. Though the album isn't breathtaking, it's satisfying and heartfelt.

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Just another outstanding album by Benoit. His sounds are so original and I love how the titles match the songs. "Turn out the Stars" "Cabin Fever" and "Fireside" are my favs.

Waiting for Spring

One of the best of the 80s-90s Grusin Records releases. Benoit's interpretations of standard jazz works are spirited with a modern flair without being pop-like or McJazzy. Years back, I wore the cassette out and never found the CD. Owning it now, I realize how much I missed this album. Buy it and enjoy it and keep exploring David Benoit for accessible and artisitic jazz performances that won't leave you feeling like you're hearing Muzak.


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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