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The David Benoit Trio feat. Jane Monheit - Believe (2015) [HDTracks]



Artist:
Title: Believe
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Concord Records
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, , Christmas
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/96kHz]
Total Time: 36:59
Total Size: 806 MB (d.booklet)
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Recorded Live at United Studio B, January 22-23, 2015; Additional recording at Suburban Soul Studios and Wonderworld Studio.

AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek:
Just four months after 2 in Love, David Benoit's collaborative album with vocalist extraordinaire Jane Monheit, the pair deliver Believe, a Christmas album. Working with the pianist's trio of drummer Jamey Tate and bassist David Hughes, and the All-American Boys Chorus on a few numbers, they deliver holiday standards, new takes on Vince Guaraldi's classic A Charlie Brown Christmas material (on the 50th anniversary of its broadcast), and some surprises. Guaraldi's presence is felt throughout, including in the Benoit original "Just Like Me," co-written with Guaraldi's lyricist Lee Mendelson for the 2015 Peanuts film. Believe's title track comes from the film The Polar Express. Monheit's vocal on the track, underscored by the trio and chorus, is simultaneously warm and majestic. The chorus also backs Monheit on the ubiquitous yet always moving "Christmas Time Is Here." It precedes an inspired reading of the now familiar "Guaraldi Medley," which has been part of Benoit's Christmas concerts for years. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" is a hot, cut-time read with Monheit's fleet scatting as the improvisational component. "My Favorite Things" is not normally associated with Christmas, but with Monheit's delivery at the fore, it becomes inseparable from the album's spirit. "My Little Drum" -- Guaraldi's arrangement of "The Little Drummer Boy" -- features the chorus with Hughes' bassline punctuating a gently swinging trap kit and Benoit's sparking pianism. Mel TormГ©'s "The Christmas Song" may be one of those nuggets that has been overdone, but Monheit and the chorus sing it like they mean it, closing this set with elegance. Believe is a classy contemporary jazz album that celebrates the Christmas season, not a generic volume for the holiday catalog. Of the three holiday recordings in Benoit's catalog, this is easily the best.


Tracklist:

1 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 03:34
2 Believe 04:54
3 Christmas Waltz 03:59
4 Christmas Time Is Here 03:09
5 Guaraldi Medley 08:28
6 My Favorite Things 03:50
7 Just Like Me 03:58
8 My Little Drum 02:36
9 The Christmas Song 02:31

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David Benoit - Piano
The All American Boys Chorus
David Hughes - Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Electric)
Wesley Martin - Choir Director
Jane Monheit - Vocals
Jamey Tate - Drums


The David Benoit Trio feat. Jane Monheit - Believe (2015) [HDTracks]





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