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David Benoit: Full Circle

Pianist David Benoit likes to think of himself as a traditional jazz artist who also has a thing for classical music, conducting the music of Copland, Stravinsky and Mozart on the side as music director of the Southern California-based Asia America Symphony. So it’s no surprise that his most recent works have been a classical CD called Orchestral Stories and a reimagining of Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts music with 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas.

But Benoit is just too darn good with the pop-inflected songs that have made him a favorite among smooth-jazz fans and a mainstay on the summer-touring circuit. On Full Circle, Benoit returns to his bread-and-butter, creating 10 songs so effortlessly engaging it’s no surprise the bean counters pull him back to his pop-jazz songs every few years.

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