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Benoit/Freeman Project
     

The Benoit/Freeman Project

by Benoit/Freeman Project
 
The Benoit/Freeman project is a reunion of sorts, as both smooth jazz icons worked on 1986's landmark Rippingtons debut Moonlighting and together wrote Benoit's hit "Every Step of the Way." Since then, Freeman's career with that band and Benoit's as a solo artist spearheaded the smooth jazz movement while expanding the rules on just what

Overview

The Benoit/Freeman project is a reunion of sorts, as both smooth jazz icons worked on 1986's landmark Rippingtons debut Moonlighting and together wrote Benoit's hit "Every Step of the Way." Since then, Freeman's career with that band and Benoit's as a solo artist spearheaded the smooth jazz movement while expanding the rules on just what modern jazz is. The new project combines the radio-friendly pleasures inherent in their separate endeavors with an exciting expansion and interplay of fresh and innovative ideas. Though the focus is clearly on the interplay between guitar and piano, the two are surrounded by all-star backing talent like Nathan East, Abe Laboriel, John Robinson, and former Rippingtons members Steve Reid and Tony Morales. Much attention was directed to Kenny Loggins' wonderful vocal performance of "When She Believed in Me," but the Phil Perry sung version of "After the Love Is Gone" is superfluous; it's beautiful but adds nothing to the original Earth, Wind & Fire arrangement. Instrumental highlights include "Mediterranean Nights" (a seven-minute meditation featuring symphonic elements and Freeman's rich electric guitar work), the percussive "Swept Away," moody "The End of Our Season," and a remake of "Mirage," one of Moonlighting's most beautiful tunes. The two seem to have been too busy for a follow-up, but smooth jazz could definitely benefit from another tandem brainstorm like this.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/1994
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105973922
catalogNumber:
9739

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benoit/Freeman Project   Primary Artist
Kenny Loggins   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vesta   Vocals
Steve Reid   Percussion
Phil Perry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Michael Baird   Drums
Robert Becker   Viola
David Benoit   Piano,Conductor
Ronald Clark   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Joel Dorouin   Concert Master
Nathan East   Bass,Vocals
Arni Egilsson   Bass
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Charles Everett   Violin
Henry Ferber   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Steve George   Background Vocals
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Suzie Kattayama   Cello
Peter Kent   Violin
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Tony Morales   Drums
Cynthia Morrow   Viola
Maria Newman   Violin
John "J.R." Robinson   Percussion,Drums
James Ross   Viola
Anjani   Background Vocals
Evan Wilson   Viola
Daniel Smith   Cello
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Pam Gates   Violin
Russ Freeman   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Classical Guitar

Technical Credits

David Benoit   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Dave Grusin   Producer,Executive Producer
Clark Germain   Engineer
Jay Graydon   Songwriter
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Alan Hirshberg   Engineer
Sonny Mediana   Production Director
Terry Nelson   Engineer
Larry Rosen   Producer,Executive Producer
Dan Serrano   Art Direction,Cover Design
Alba Acevedo   Graphic Design
Russ Freeman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement

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