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David Benoit Featuring Jane Monheit: 2 in Love

When smooth-jazz pioneer David Benoit, whose dense piano style seems to have arrived at the curious intersection of Vince Guaraldi and Liberace, teams with Jane Monheit, still the plumiest of jazz singers, the proceedings can get a little overripe. Though Benoit’s arrangements are gorgeously atmospheric and Monheit, approaching the high-flown drama of Elaine Page, is … Read More “David Benoit Featuring Jane Monheit: 2 in Love”

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David Benoit: Earthglow

After an orchestral CD, some more Peanuts music and an unplugged set paying tribute to his heroes, David Benoit reclaims his stature as one of contemporary jazz’s favorite pianists. In spite of a somewhat new-agey designation, Earthglow is a synthesis of Benoit’s favorite musical styles that lays down his easy-on-the-ears groove and recognizable flourishes, while … Read More “David Benoit: Earthglow”

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