Long, sultry, summer days require cool refreshment to quench
one's thirst; and the jazz album David Benoit Earthglow,
by five time GRAMMY® nominated composer and pianist David
Benoit and Clark Germain on the Heads Up
label, a division of Concord Music Group,
is as satisfying as an ice-cold glass of lemonade on a sweltering day.
David Benoit Earthglow
David Benoit Earthglow: Botswana Bossa Nova,
Will's Chill, Unbelievable, Easy Day, Straightaway, New Creation, Earthglow,
Sneaky As A Cat, Downtime, Brownie's Gone, Freedom at Midnight (The Schroeder Variations).
Personnel: David Benoit: piano, Rhodes
piano, synthesizers, sequence programming; David Hughes: acoustic and electric
bass; Jamey Tate: drums, Brad Dutz: percussion.
Guest Musicians: Rick Braun: trumpet and flugelhorn;
Jeff Kashiwa: alto and tenor sax; Pat Kelly: acoustic and electric guitar; Tim
Weisberg: flute, alto flute, and bass flute; James Saez: electric guitar on the
The album features 11 original tracks by David Benoit and is
straight up refreshment beginning with the opening track, Botswana Bossa
Nova, which soothes and satisfies with the drum laying down the Brazilian
beat, complemented with David's stellar piano work and a melding of horns, that
recalled when I lived in Rio de Janeiro and used to spend many happy hours in
the boites (nightclubs) and on the beaches.
David describes Botswana Bossa Nova as "focusing on
the high energy hybrid of old school soul-jazz and infectious world beat
textures and rhythms" with computer sequencing, and "played everything in real
time as opposed to step timing," and he gives a nod to the "Soul Bossa Nova"
sound of the Austin Powers theme. He also uses computer sequencing and real
time play on the tracks Straightaway, Unbelievable, New
Creation, and Sneaky As A Cat.
Guest musicians James Saez on electric guitar, and Rick
Braun on trumpet, join David on the Unbelievable track featuring David's
trademark piano set against excellent percussion work.
David switches from Steinway piano to a Fender Rhodes on the
track, New Creation, which was originally to be the title track, and is
a "percussive retro-jam with a Chick Corea / Herbie Hancock vibe."
Sneaky As A Cat features the magic artistry of David
Benoit and guest flautist Tim Weisberg, whom I fell in love with when I first
heard Tim's album with Dan Fogelberg, Twin Sons of Different Mothers.
The track Will's Chill, a nod to will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, came
as experimentation "with some of the new ‘jazz-lounge-Euro-chill' music that
David was hearing at upscale boutique hotels and chic Japanese sake bars."
Inspiration for the album came in many guises, the title
track, Earthglow, was inspired by a NASA photo of the planet, and Brownie's
Gone is a tribute to "a beloved cat who ran away." Other tracks on the
album include Easy Day, Downtime, and Freedom at Midnight (The Schroeder Variations). Wherever
he found inspiration, the result is unsurpassable David Benoit exploring new
jazz frontiers that will leave you satisfied for a long time.
Websites where you can procure David Benoit Earthglow
are Concord Music Group,
Amazon, and CD Universe.
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