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Steinway & Sons Releases David Benoit’s First Solo Recording
The Steinway Sessions features arrangements of many of Benoit’s most treasured songs and includes the world premiere of the artist’s “Etudes for the Contemporary Pianist” – out May 19, 2017.
When Steinway & Sons offered artist David Benoit the occasion to record a solo piano record, his first ever, he jumped at the opportunity. The Steinway Sessions (30066) is available May 19th on the Steinway & Sons label.
The GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer/arranger David Benoit has been one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz for three decades. The Steinway Sessions is Benoit’s first solo recording and it features his most popular songs as well as the world premiere of his “Etudes for the Contemporary Pianist,” a classical-style composition.
Much of the music on The Steinway Sessions will be familiar to Benoit’s fans as it features music that has been heard in concert over the years and was originally recorded with rhythm tracks and, in some cases, full orchestra. Benoit faced the challenge of adapting the compositions to solo piano with great resolve.
As a resident at Montalvo Arts in Saratoga, Benoit had the idea to compose short pieces for piano that would be notated with little to no improvisation. “This was a departure for me,” said Benoit, “since most of my compositions are based on song form with the majority of the performance improvised.” These short pieces offered Benoit the chance to write free-form, abandoning the traditional verse-chorus-bridge-solo format.
Benoit received three GRAMMY® nominations in the categories of Best Contemporary Jazz Performance for “Every Step of the Way” (1989), Best Large Ensemble Performance for GRP All-Star Big Band (1996), and Best Instrumental Composition for “Dad’s Room,” the latter from the album Professional Dreamer (2000). In 2010, Benoit received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Smooth Jazz Awards, and he’s worked with an impressive potpourri of musicians including the Rippingtons, Emily Remler, Alphonse Mouzon, Dave Koz, Faith Hill, David Sanborn, CeCe Winans and Brian McKnight.
Benoit’s film scores include The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995), produced by Clint Eastwood, and The Christmas Tree, produced by Sally Field, which was voted Best Score of 1996 by Film Score Monthly. He has served as conductor with a wide range of symphonies including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Asia America Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. A long-time guest educator with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, he received that organization’s Excellence in Music Award in 2001. His musical selections have been featured on The Weather Channel and his version of Vince Guaraldi’s “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” is included on compilation The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz 11 (2008). Benoit also currently hosts a morning radio show on KKJZ 88.1 FM in Long Beach, CA.
For more info, visit http://benoit.com