Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Benoit/Freeman Project (1994)

A collaboration from two smooth jazz artists whose music I don't normally purchase.  I prefer Freeman on acoustic guitar to electric and Benoit's piano work is solid, but the writing is just good, not great.  This is good enough for background music at work, but I won't be seeking out the Benoit/Freeman Project 2 from 2004.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #118

Tracks:  I enjoy Kenny Loggins' guest vocals on When She Believed In Me (particularly the catchy chorus) and Phil Perry's vocals on the cover of After The Love Is Gone.  Sure, the cover doesn't add much to the original, but that's such a great song it would be difficult to mess up and it's always nice to hear.  Also good is Swept Away, It's The Thought That Counts, and Smartypants which is worth hearing just for the rare Jerry Hey trumpet solo.  Avoid Mediterranean Nights and The End Of Our Season.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  Purchased for $3 from the clearance rack in 2009.  That price is probably about right.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons - Brave New World (1996)
David Benoit - The Best Of David Benoit: 1987-1995 (1995)

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