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David Benoit: Standards

This five-year-old recording was made at one of the world’s great studios, Ocean Way in Hollywood, by an unidentified engineer. It was released once before, on the short-lived Vertical Jazz label, and has now been remastered for Kind of Blue.

For David Benoit, a popular exponent of smooth jazz with five Grammy nominations, Standards represents an attempt to go, at least temporarily, straight. The rich, incisive sound (by that anonymous engineer) is a plus, and so is the presence of bassist Brian Bromberg, whose chops are getting famous and whose quick-on-quick solos are always fun.

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