CD Standards [David Benoit] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 434041),
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Standards [David Benoit] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Brothers Go to Mothers
    2. Cute
    3. Django
    4. Blue Rondo La Turk
    5. Some Other Time
    6. Cakewalk
    7. Stardust
    8. Straight No Chaser
    9. I Loves You Porgy
    10. Waltz for Debby
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10009

  • Credits
    ProducerJeffrey Weber; Suzanne Severini; Jeffrey Weber; Suzanne Severini

    Personnel: David Benoit (piano); David Benoit; Brian Bromberg (bass instrument); Gregg Bissonette (drums).
    Recording information: Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (2001).
    Recorded in a simple trio format with bassist Brian Bromberg and drummer Gregg Bissonette, Standards is about as close as smooth jazz pianist David Benoit has come to the classic post-bop West Coast sound that's always been one of his primary inspirations. Benoit is simply not an adventurous soul as either a bandleader or a pianist, and so Standards consists mostly of familiar songs (John Lewis' "Django," Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser," Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debby," Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo la Turk") given safe, pretty performances that never come close to re-invention. It's simply not in Benoit's nature to take risks, but to a listener on the pianist's mellow wavelength, these performances are both technically excellent and completely heartfelt. The choice of a couple obscurities by Henry Mancini and Neal Hefti adds an idiosyncratic personal touch as well. Bold and audacious it may not be, but Standards is a low-key delight. ~ Stewart Mason

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.84) - "The rich, incisive sound is a plus, and so is the presence of bassist Brian Bromberg, whose chops are getting famous and whose quick-on-quick solos are always fun."
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