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Benoit/Freeman Project-CD-David Benoit, Russ Freeman

Benoit/Freeman Project-CD-David Benoit, Russ Freeman

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Benoit/Freeman Project-CD-David Benoit, Russ Freeman

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Track listing
1. Reunion
2. When She Believed in Me
3. Mediterranean Nights
4. Swept Away
5. End of Our Season, The
6. After the Love Has Gone
7. Smarty Pants
8. It's the Thought That Counts
9. Mirage
10. That's All I Could Say

Playing time: 3131000 ms
Contributing artists: Kenny Loggins, Phil Perry, Vesta
Producer: Dave Grusin, David Benoit, Larry Rosen, Russ Freeman
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a

Album notes
Personnel includes: David Benoit (piano); Russ Freeman (keyboards, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, percussion); Nathan East (vocals, bass); Kenny Loggins, Vesta, Phil Perry (vocals); Dan Higgins (alto saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, fluglehorn); Gary Grant (trumpet); Abe Laboriel (bass); John Robinson, Tony Morales, Mike Baird (drums); Steve Reid (percussion); Anjani Thomas, Steven George (background vocals).
Engineers include: Russ Freeman, Alan Hirshberg, Terry Nelson.
Personnel: David Benoit (piano); Russ Freeman (guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion); Kenny Loggins, Phil Perry (vocals, background vocals); Nathan East, Vesta (vocals); Henry Ferber, Pamela Gates, Charles Everett, Bruce Dukov, Peter Kent, Maria Newman, Armen Garabedian, Michele Richards, Berj Garabedian, Ronald Clark, Endre Granat (violin); James Ross , Cynthia Morrow, Robert Becker, Evan Wilson (viola); Daniel Smith, Suzie Kattayama, Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Stephen Erdody (cello); Dan Higgins (alto saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gary Grant (trumpet); John "J.R." Robinson (drums, percussion); Michael Baird , Tony Morales (drums); Steve Reid (percussion); Anjani Thomas, Steve George (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Russ Freeman .
Recording information: 29th Street Studios, Torrance, CA; Cheyenne Mountain Ranch Studios, CO; Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Sound Design Studios, Santa Barbara, CA.
Photographer: Carl Studna.
Arrangers: David Benoit; Jerry Hey; Russ Freeman .
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. ~ Jonathan Widran

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