The Benoit/Freeman Project

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/1994
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105973922
  • Catalog Number: 9739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reunion - David Benoit (5:06)
  2. 2 When She Believed in Me - David Benoit (5:26)
  3. 3 Mediterranean Nights - David Benoit (6:57)
  4. 4 Swept Away - David Benoit (4:56)
  5. 5 The End of Our Season - David Benoit (4:17)
  6. 6 After the Love Has Gone - David Benoit (4:19)
  7. 7 Smarty Pants - David Benoit (5:43)
  8. 8 It's the Thought That Counts - David Benoit (6:04)
  9. 9 Mirage - David Benoit (6:00)
  10. 10 That's All I Could Say - David Benoit (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benoit/Freeman Project Primary Artist
David Benoit Indexed Contributor, Piano, Conductor
Kenny Loggins Vocals, Background Vocals
Vesta Vocals
Steve Reid Percussion
Phil Perry Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Michael Baird Drums
Robert Becker Viola
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
Pamela Gates 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 Sr. 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
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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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