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Shaken, Not Stirred
     

Shaken, Not Stirred

by David Benoit
 

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Unlike most genre superstars, David Benoit never seems content to stick strictly with any pop formula for very long. While his hummable ivory spirit always shines through, his many attempts to shake and stir the typical expectations make him perhaps the most artistic pop jazz artist around. Shaken Not Stirred is thus an appropriate moniker for this wildly

Overview

Unlike most genre superstars, David Benoit never seems content to stick strictly with any pop formula for very long. While his hummable ivory spirit always shines through, his many attempts to shake and stir the typical expectations make him perhaps the most artistic pop jazz artist around. Shaken Not Stirred is thus an appropriate moniker for this wildly eclectic collection, which makes overwhelmingly effective use of orchestral grandeur (the enrapturing "Carmel"), and comes across more as a smashing musician's playground than a lightweight, radio friendly stab. he treads just enough familiar territory to keep old fans pleased but enjoys experimenting with percussive explosions, wild jamming, and traditional smoky club blues. The genuine simple warmth of the acoustic tribute "Jacqueline" (Jackie Kennedy Onassis died the year this was released) reminds us, however, that behind the crazy, genre-busting navigations is a gentle man full of grace. Hopefully the mixed bag of vocals -- a solid effort by David Pack undercut by a meandering schmaltzer by Kenny Rankin -- won't detract from the wide-ranging and powerful instrumental tracks. The only voice Benoit needs is in his fingers.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/1994
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105978743
catalogNumber:
9787

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Benoit   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano
Steve Kujala   Piccolo
Kenny Rankin   Vocals
Peter Sprague   Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Simon Phillips   Drums
Sid Page   Violin,Concert Master
Richard Todd   French Horn
Brad Dutz   Percussion
Morgan Ames   Vocals
Dave Anderson   Cymbals
Israel Baker   Violin
Steve Bailey   Bass
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Robert Becker   Viola
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Ronald Clark   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Douglas Davis   Cello
Arni Egilsson   Bass
David Enos   Bass
Henry Ferber   Violin
Richard Feves   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Melissa "Missy" Hasin   Cello
Gwen Heller   Violin
Clydene Jackson   Vocals
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Roland Kato   Viola
Peter Kent   Violin
Valarie King   Flute
Darlene Koldenhoven   Vocals
Miran Kojian   Violin
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Roger Lebow   Cello
Brian Leonard   Violin
Joy Lyle   Violin
Eric Marienthal   Alto Saxophone
Michael Markman   Violin
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Tony Morales   Drums
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
David Pack   Vocals
Robert Payne   Trombone
Joe Pena   Bass
Barbara Porter   Violin
Rachel Robinson   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
James Ross   Viola
Kim Stone   Bass
Chris Trujillo   Percussion
Carmen Twillie   Vocals
Alan Vavrin   Percussion,Timbales
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Ezra Kliger   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Brice Martin   Flute,Piccolo
Robert Peterson   Violin
Daniel Smith   Cello
Susan Ranney   Bass
Suzie Katayama   Cello
George Pirelli   Drums
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Gregory Prechen   Trumpet
Guillermo Romero   Violin
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Norman Pearson   Tuba
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viol
James Thatcher   French Horn
Marc Sazer   Violin
Karen Jones   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Violin
Louise di Tullio   Flute
Charles Boito   Clarinet
Gary Gray   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet

Technical Credits

Lorraine Feather   Composer
David Benoit   Arranger,Producer
Chuck Berghofer   Contributor
Arni Egilsson   Contributor
Clark Germain   Engineer
Susan Ranney   Contributor

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