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David Benoit

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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 of the film Nashville. After recording with Alphonse Mouzon and accompanying singer Gloria Lynne, he was signed to the AVI label when he was 24, recording sets that paved the way for his later output. In 1986, Benoit signed as a solo artist with GRP, a relationship that would last until 2003. Albums like 1989's Waiting for Spring and 1999's Professional Dreamer showcase his smooth, lyrical style, while projects like his 2000 tribute to Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts scores, Here's to You, Charlie Brown!: 50 Great Years!, demonstrate where his own tastes lie. A decade after their first joint venture, Benoit and Russ Freeman collaborated on Benoit/Freeman Project 2, released by the Concord-associated label Peak in 2004. For 2005's Orchestral Works he was joined by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and members of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra. He released two studio albums including Full Circle in 2006 and Standards, which appeared later that same year. In 2008, Benoit paid tribute to some of his musical idols with the album Heroes. The album saw him covering songs by Elton John, the Beatles, Dave Brubeck, and others. Two years later, Benoit delivered the Clark Germain-produced electronica-inflected album Earthglow, and in 2012, he returned with Conversation, which featured the classical trio-meets-jazz-trio title track taken from his "Music for Two Trios" suite. In 2014, Benoit contributed to former Ambrosia guitarist David Pack's Napa Crossroads set with Alan Parsons, Ray Manzarek, Larry Carlton, Mindi Abair, and others. Benoit shifted focus on his next outing. Deciding to record an all-originals vocal album, he collaborated with lyricists Lorraine Feather, Mark Winkler, and Spencer Day. Released in the June of 2015, 2 in Love featured Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. She was also featured heavily on Believe, a Christmas recording that appeared just four months later. ~ Scott Yanow
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Albums by
David Benoit

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    Earthglow

    11 songs

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    Heroes

    10 songs

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    Standards

    10 songs

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    Full Circle

    16 songs

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    Orchestral Stories

    11 songs

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    Benoit/Freeman Project 2

    10 songs

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    Right Here, Right Now

    10 songs

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    Fuzzy Logic

    10 songs

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    Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years!

    10 songs

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    Professional Dreamer

    12 songs

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    Remembering Christmas

    10 songs

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    Shaken, Not Stirred

    11 songs

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    Letter to Evan

    11 songs

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    Shadows

    11 songs

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    Every Step of the Way

    10 songs

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    Urban Daydreams

    10 songs

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    Inner Motion

    12 songs

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    Waiting for Spring

    10 songs

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    Freedom at Midnight

    9 songs

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    Conversation

    9 songs

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    American Landscape

    9 songs

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    Christmas Time

    10 songs

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    2 in Love

    14 songs

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    David Benoit Collection

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Top Songs by
David Benoit

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  2.   Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  3.   Skating by Earl Klugh
  4.   Feelin' It
  5.   Linus and Lucy
  6.   Carol of the Bells
  7.   Straightaway
  8.   Rejoyce
  9.   Will's Chill
  10.   M.W.A. (Musicians With Attitude)
  11.   Freedom at Midnight
  12.   Snap!
  13.   Botswana Bossa Nova
  14.   Cast Your Fate to the Wind
  15.   Still Standing
  16.   Kei's Song
  17.   Miles After Dark
  18.   Never Can Say Goodbye
  19.   Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
  20.   Beat Street
  21.   Every Step of the Way
  22.   Red Baron by David Benoit Trio
  23.   Samba
  24.   Drive Time
  25.   The Key to You
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Stations & Shows Featuring
David Benoit

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Jazz Christmas

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    Soothing Lullabies

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    The Wolf Lounge

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    Holiday Party

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    Jazz


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