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Full Circle
     

Full Circle

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by David Benoit
 
Though he's skirted around in various genres, for Full Circle, as the title suggests, David Benoit returns to where he started: contemporary jazz. With the same set of musicians in the same studio as the ones who were used on the 1985 release This Side Up, Benoit plays his piano expertly through all ten tracks on the album (and only one, "Aqua de Beber,"

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Though he's skirted around in various genres, for Full Circle, as the title suggests, David Benoit returns to where he started: contemporary jazz. With the same set of musicians in the same studio as the ones who were used on the 1985 release This Side Up, Benoit plays his piano expertly through all ten tracks on the album (and only one, "Aqua de Beber," by Jobim and de Moraes, is a cover). It is, in short, smooth jazz at its finest, which means a lot of horns, a happily funky bass, pretty breaks, and a whole lot of production. It's all very clean and safe, and even though there are many sections in which solos appear to be happening, everything's so controlled and accurate that it seems as if it were all written out in precise black notes anyway. If nothing else, this attests to the expertise and talents of the musicians who Benoit has on Full Circle (himself included), like keyboardist Jeff Lorber, producer and guitarist Paul Brown, percussionist Luis Conte, and bassist Nathan East. The songs are romantic, poignant, and still fun, and Benoit and company are able to make the music and the genre come alive with their phrasing and runs, bringing some step into the songs -- not enough for dancing, perhaps, but certainly enough to get the groove going a bit, like in the playful, summery "Yusuke the Ghost" or the Brubeck-inspired "Café Rio," which keeps things from getting boring or maudlin. Yes, inevitably there are many moments of extreme sentimentality, but that just comes with the smooth jazz territory. Is it Thelonious Monk? No, certainly not. But for contemporary jazz lovers, Full Circle should definitely satisfy.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Peak Records
UPC:
0888072300156
catalogNumber:
30015
Rank:
77000

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Benoit   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Brian Bromberg   Bass,Upright Bass
Pat Kelley   Acoustic Guitar
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Tim Weisberg   Flute
Jeff Lorber   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Gary Meek   Saxophone
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Alex Al   Bass
Oscar Castro-Neves   Acoustic Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Flute,Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ron King   Trumpet
Roberto Vally   Bass
Michael White   Drums
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Euge Groove   Saxophone
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Paul Rayner-Brown   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Dwight Sills   Engineer
Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,drum programming,Audio Production
David Benoit   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Paul Brown   Audio Production
Clark Germain   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Ron Moss   Executive Producer
Jeffrey Weber   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Michael White   Engineer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Andrew Pham   Art Direction
Michael Clark   Score Supervisor
Paul Rayner-Brown   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes

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Full Circle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic Benoit release. The piano playing is outstanding, very melodic, very soulful..i just love Benoit's style. Some great songs that take you on a journey and variety of moods. Great smooth jazz.
mannyyamzon More than 1 year ago
If you love smooth jazz, this is definitely one for you as well.