Marc Antoine and pianist David Benoit are both intriguing
personalities of the smooth jazz genre. Together they are the surprise
packet of the year 2017. So Nice! is their fiery contagious
portrait of Latin jazz.
David Benoit performs on this album piano and Rhodes, Marc Antoine
acoustic and electric guitars, John “JR” Robinson drums, Ken Wild bass
and Luis Conte percussion. Most of the tracks are composed by David
Benoit or Marc Antoine, some by other composers.
Anyone who has visited a café in Paris, estimates the flair and the
atmosphere of this environment, the view on the Avenue des
Champs-Élysées with all its activities. French Café is in
contrast to the title no tribute to this institution, but more a
mirror of Antoine's development and affinity for Spanish music.
Inspired by the Bossa Nova rhythm Benoit and Antoine sink deeply into
the magic of their interplay.
Each combines his personal vision with a Penthouse in Copacabana.
For me it is not figuratively one of the hottest places on earth.
Embedded in Latin rhythm guitar and piano sway along the beach. Só
Danço Samba means I only dance Samba. An exhilarating piece in
the traditional Samba rhythm with a large dose of vitality.
Caminando (walking) intelligently bridges the sensitive
interface between rhythm and melody resonating the movements of your
feet. Some swifter steps are included and owed Benoit's virtuosity.
Everybody knows A Café Au Lait (one milk coffee) and also the luxury
car Bentley. But A Café Au Lait Bentley is and stays the own
creation of David Benoit. Both key players of this album enjoy this
composition. That's for sure.
All Said & Done is the acoustic centerpiece of the album with
a wealth of detail, full of nuances and with all the complexity
and subtlety only professional musicians are capable. The key to any
good tune is melody. Rio Deluxe delivers a fine Samba tuned
song featuring Marc's acoustic guitar as sonorous lead instrument.
Puma Trail was composed by keyboardist Dave Kochanski who has
worked with a plethora of smooth jazz musicians. Conceptually, the
piece of music is designed as Spanish madrigal.
Summer Samba better known as So Nice is a 1964 Bossa
Nova song by Brazilian composer Marcos Valle with lyrics by Norman
Gimbel. Marc and David reinterpret the song following the free flowing
Latin rhythm in a skillful and familiar way. Algarve is David
Benoit's ode to the southernmost region of continental Portugal. On
this Spanish flavored tune both musicians adore the mysterious glow of
this area and its landscape idyll shining in best known perfection.
Marc Antoine and David Benoit display on So Nice! a musical
cohesion of two virtuosos in a lyrical walking through the magic land
of Latin jazz.
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Artist: David Benoit and Marc Antoine
Genre: Latin Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment Records
1. French Café
2. Penthouse in Copacabana
3. Só Danço
5. A Café Au Lait Bentley
Said & Done
7. Rio Deluxe
8. Puma Trail
9. So Nice
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