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Album Review

During his years with the GRP label, pianist David Benoit became very popular among listeners who enjoy hearing melodic jazz-influenced pop instrumentals that groove in a generally quiet manner. This sampler has 14 selections including two previously unreleased numbers and tunes taken from ten of Benoit's earlier releases. Unfortunately the exact personnel is only given for the new tracks (a rather inexcusable omission). The music overall (which includes a couple of straight-ahead performances recorded for tributes to Bill Evans and Vince Guaraldi) is lightly funky and enjoyable if somewhat lightweight. Highlights include "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," "Linus and Lucy," "Freedom at Midnight," "Letter to Evan," and "Urban Daydreams."

Customer Reviews

A Good place to start

this David benoit collection is a great place to start your Benoit collection. Songs such as "Freedom at Midnight" and "M.W.A." are all included in this album. Start here if you are new to David Benoit.

Great insight to his talent

This album is a great selection of some of Benoit's most memorable tunes (Every Step of the Way, Freedom at Midnight, not to mention all of them). It hasn't been destroyed by any "remastering" dynamic compression that is so prevalent today (search for "the loudness war" if not familiar with this). The recording quality of this music is with the best of the best. Listen to Every Step of the Way on a good balanced audio system and the dynamics really shine, with all of the instruments amazingly well seperated and absolutely no noise. Each instrument retains the "realism" of it's real life sound, while at the same time being so well produced and mixed, that they each stand out so well without masking eachother. Undeniably great, enjoyable music. Very intricate, if you enjoy listening to 'a lot of stuff going on', yet the songs shine through with their easy to remember themes and parts. This was my first Benoit album, and it set me on an adventure to get the rest!

Great Album

This is a great album for listening on the road. I really like 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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