Benzali

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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: 5/10/2005
  • Label: 33Rd Street
  • UPC: 641444956326
  • Catalog Number: 95623
  • Sales rank: 320,066

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 II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Journey Via Rio.

    "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!

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