David Benoit – Timeless (ENG review)

SRG JAZZ – Street date May 10th 2024
David Benoit – Timeless

Grammy Nominated Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Film & TV Scorer.

Everyone knows David Benoit’s soundtracks for the “Peanuts” telefilms, which have amassed over 20 radio chart-toppers, as well as his music for films produced by Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, and many others. His collaborations with artists as diverse as The Rippingtons, Faith Hill, David Sanborn, Marc Antoine, and CeCe Winans have earned him praise from both press and fans alike. His orchestral work with the Pacific Vision Youth Symphony (which he founded in 2001), the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Philippine Philharmonic, but what truly sets this pianist and composer’s success apart is his ability to reinvent himself and be appreciated on both the jazz and smooth jazz scenes. “Timeless” presents about ten original compositions that reflect his passion for orchestral music, similar to what he could conceive for cinema, but this time in service of his vision of jazz, inviting Brian McKnight on the track “The Surest Things Can Change” perhaps to add a smooth touch to the whole.

Throughout this album, despite knowing David Benoit’s entire body of work, I remain fascinated by his way of writing music and managing arrangements, as David Benoit has a style all his own, born from a broad culture. “Timeless” also includes two more intimate recordings made in Los Angeles with a 10-piece brass section consisting of trumpets, trombones, bass trombone, flutes, and clarinets. These musicians, along with David’s touring rhythm section, Dan Schnelle on drums, and Roberto Vally on bass, have created a completely unique and distinctive sonic journey. On one of these two selections, “The Surest Things Can Change,” composed by Gino Vannelli and arranged by Benoit. The other of these two pieces, “Savannah Dream,” composed by SRG Jazz president Claude Villani, and arranged by Benoit, is the album’s first single. David Benoit has come a long way since his formative years in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

A grand album where the brass bursts here and there to make way for more poetic moments, in each track of this album, there’s always so much happening, so that when you listen to this CD several times, you spend your time discovering things you hadn’t noticed before. Listening to this album by David, others come to mind, like the fabulous album “So Nice” with Marc Antoine, “Heroes,” and the timeless “Here’s to you Charlie Brown…. And all the others,” all these fabulous albums that David Benoit has been releasing over the decades. As a discreet artist, I realize that his work is part of the composers who have been part of my universe for a very long time, like Bob James, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, and I’ll stop there, otherwise, I’ll need to create a 5.000-page volume to tell you all this. Just know that “Timeless,” like every album by David Benoit, is a little wonder, soft and sometimes unclassifiable, very jazzy, very… full of other things too, sublime, admirable… “Indispensable!”

Thierry De Clemensat
USA correspondent – Paris-Move and ABS magazine
Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News

PARIS-MOVE, April 30th 2024

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