Benzali

Benzali

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by Daniel Benzali
     
 

Daniel Benzali is famous as an actor, having appeared regularly on the television series L.A. Law and NYPD Blue and acting in over 30 films. At the time of this CD, he decided to diversify and become a jazz-influenced singer. For this project he utilizes three background singers, three horns including trombonist Bill Watrous and tenor saxophonist …  See more details below

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Daniel Benzali is famous as an actor, having appeared regularly on the television series L.A. Law and NYPD Blue and acting in over 30 films. At the time of this CD, he decided to diversify and become a jazz-influenced singer. For this project he utilizes three background singers, three horns including trombonist Bill Watrous and tenor saxophonist Terry Harrington, and a rhythm section that includes guitarist Grant Geissman. Benzali has a strong and personable voice, although he does not improvise much. The arrangements are fine, but do not give Benzali's fine backup players much to do. Watrous is really only heard on "My Foolish Heart" (which he plays beautifully), while pop saxophonist Mindi Abair has a spot on "Blue Skies" and some background playing on "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." Next time Benzali should give his sidemen more of a role. However, this is an excellent debut, featuring modernized versions of older standards along with a few newer songs and showcasing Daniel Benzali in his second job quite well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
33Rd Street
UPC:
0641444956326
catalogNumber:
95623
Rank:
256438

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Benzali   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Steve Rawlins   Piano
Grant Geissman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Terry Harrington   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Morin   Bass
Melanie Taylor   Background Vocals
Jim DeJulio   Acoustic Bass
Mindi Abair   Soprano Saxophone
Janelle Sadler   Background Vocals
Adrian Rosen   Bass
Dana Bronson   Piano,Keyboards
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Lionel Bart   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Schmitt   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff   Engineer
Victor Young   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Dana Bronson   Arranger,Producer
Tom Jones   Composer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer,Digital Editing
Daniel Benzali   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements

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Benzali 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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"BENZALI " is an ingenious mix of vibrant, intoxicating tempo and liting, hypnotic rhythm, well suited to the strong, sensitive, sensual voice of the artist. The unique musical arrangement and vocal range, make the depth of feeling, with which the album is sung, almost palpable. The timbre of Daniel Benzali's voice is entrancing. That all - pervasive Brazilian influence gives those great, classical songs a whole new interpretation. A true spot-on performance!