Right Here, Right Now

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
A true elder statesman of contemporary jazz whose seminal mid-'80s recordings helped pave the way for the smooth jazz genre, pianist David Benoit stayed relevant, fresh, and funky due to three factors -- brilliant melodies, stylistic diversity from track to track, and working with hip, edgy producers. Rick Braun co-produced two of Benoit's recent, similarly brilliant offerings, Professional Dreamer 1999 and Fuzzy Logic 2001, and on Right Here, Right Now assumes the helm fully, guiding Benoit through a wide terrain of musical territory, sometimes adding his own trumpet expertise. There's the ongoing fun of funk/soul triumphs like "Watermelon Man" Herbie Hancock's classic...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
A true elder statesman of contemporary jazz whose seminal mid-'80s recordings helped pave the way for the smooth jazz genre, pianist David Benoit stayed relevant, fresh, and funky due to three factors -- brilliant melodies, stylistic diversity from track to track, and working with hip, edgy producers. Rick Braun co-produced two of Benoit's recent, similarly brilliant offerings, Professional Dreamer 1999 and Fuzzy Logic 2001, and on Right Here, Right Now assumes the helm fully, guiding Benoit through a wide terrain of musical territory, sometimes adding his own trumpet expertise. There's the ongoing fun of funk/soul triumphs like "Watermelon Man" Herbie Hancock's classic fashioned with the old-school bounce of another Benoit influence, Ramsey Lewis, the retro-minded title track, and the brassy jam "Jellybeans and Chocolate" featuring Brian Culbertson and Euge Groove. Benoit's more thoughtful side emerges on the film score-like "Le Grand," an unofficial tribute to the style of Michel Legrand featuring a dense percussion atmosphere, and the understated, melancholy "Quiet Room," a tribute to Benoit's late father featuring Braun and guitarist Pat Kelley and something of a sequel to his Grammy-nominated piece "Dad's Room." Benoit's other stops include hitching posts in "Swingin' Waikiki" ah, the joy of bossa, featuring saxman Andy Suzuki and a mystical, bass-throbbing "Third Encounter." Aside from his occasional Vince Guaraldi reduxes, Benoit with a few exceptions never much relied on cover tunes, but here includes two besides the Hancock tune -- a dreamy "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" with Peter White and an orchestra, and a sparse easy listening cover of "Don't Know Why." Years passed, smooth jazz radio kept playing his oldies, yet his new stuff kept getting better and better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498603024
  • Catalog Number: 000059702
  • Sales rank: 312,293

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Benoit Primary Artist, Piano, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, String Pads
Pat Kelley Guitar
Peter White Guitar, Soloist
Sid Page Concert Master
Brad Dutz Percussion
Kevin Axt Bass
Rick Braun Trumpet, Conductor, Flugelhorn
Denyse Buffum Viola
Luis Conte Percussion
Larry Corbett Cello
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Brian Culbertson Trombone
Nathan East Bass
Steve Ferrone Drums
Kirstin Fife Violin
Dominic Genova Bass
Bud Harner Drums
Nick Lane Trombone
Tony Maiden Guitar
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Land Richards Drums
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Jimbo Ross Viola
Steve Sykes Human Whistle
Dean Taba Bass
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Susan Chatman Violin
Randy Jacobs Guitar
Andy Suzuki Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Olson Drums
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Rudy Stein Cello
Sara Parkins Violin
Laurence Greenfield Violin
Eve Butler Violin
Cameron Patrick Violin
Euge Groove Tenor Saxophone
Dan Smith Cello
Technical Credits
James Taylor Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
David Benoit Arranger, Composer
Rick Braun Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Mitchel Forman Composer
Nick Lane Horn Arrangements
Jesse Harris Composer
Chris Bellman Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
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