Guest musicians on this album are Rick Braun
(trumpet, flugelhorn), Brad Dutz (percussion), Jeff Kashiwa (sax), Pat
Kelly (guitars), and Tim Weisberg (flutes). These names indicate, in
which direction the ship is sailing: To the endless sea of
Starter of the album is Botswana Bossa Nova.
Benoit comments: ďI loved the world mix of exotic ethnic percussion,
African voices along with Brazilian beats..." Connoisseurs of
Benoit's music will certainly recognize the seamless continuation of
the style of his earlier period. A great initiator for this impression
is David's genius working on Quincy Jones' Soul Bossa Nova, a song
of timeless attraction.
Will's Chill sets the counterpart to the previous
tune. Modern, contemporary, chilly, the song experiments with the
chill-out style of European musicians without neglecting the
importance of classic instruments presented by Pat Kelly (acoustic
guitar), Jeff Kashiwa (sax) and of course David Benoit on piano.
On Unbelievable David Benoit guides us into
the land of dreams. A captivating melody featuring Indian Tablas, Rick
Braun on muted trumpet and Benoit shining on Rhodes and piano. As
illustrated with Easy Day Benoit has a fascinating talent for
appealing melodies, which he performs with the admirable elegance of a
grandmaster of piano.
The ambient Straightaway opens the door to
Benoit's spacey landscape with splashes of Kashiwa's emotional sax.
With furious piano runs on New Creation Benoit shows his high
competence as virtuoso pianist. You should listen to Earthglow
in an hour of leisure. Enjoy David's sublime piano performance.
Back to the 60's with Sneaky As A Cat
featuring flute legend Tim Weisberg. The song reminds me of tunes like
the Pink Panther theme song or the Peanuts. Typical Benoit. When did
you listen to a Waltz last time? Downtime has that fascinating
What do you do, when your beloved pet cat ran away?
David wrote Brownie's Gone. A sentimental heartfelt ballade to
play the sadness away. Freedom At Midnight is David's signature
melody since his GRP debut album in 1987. The introduction and
later the refrain are a magnificent take on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
performed in the style he often did on many of his live shows since
David Benoit's Earthglow is exquisite contemporary jazz
interpreted in catchy melodies. The best of three decades, Benoit's
typical signature sound and intelligent music creation in a resounding