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Fuzzy Logic
David Benoit
Fuzzy Logic
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
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It may not be appropriate to label this as Benoit's best record, considering what his '80s albums Freedom at Midnight, Waiting for Spring, and others, did for the smooth-jazz genre. During the '90s, his discs were bland an...  more »


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All Artists: David Benoit
Title: Fuzzy Logic
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 2/5/2002
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Funk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731458907923, 0731458907923

It may not be appropriate to label this as Benoit's best record, considering what his '80s albums Freedom at Midnight, Waiting for Spring, and others, did for the smooth-jazz genre. During the '90s, his discs were bland and without drive, but on these 10 tracks his dazzling technique again is complemented with music he can sink his keys into. Ironically, Benoit moves forward by going backward. Like other smooth-jazz artists, the pianist has sprinkled the retro-based European acid jazz and drum & bass grooves into his style. His brilliant cover of Smash Mouth's "Then the Morning Comes," in all its '60s soul/jazz glory, still radiates the alternative music vibe of today and is destined to become a pop instrumental classic. Some time surfing is also done on the Rick Braun-produced track, "Snap," and the funky title tune, both sporting high-powered horn charts. On the ballads, Benoit dispenses with the sappy strings that plagued many of his recent recordings, but wears his influences on his sleeves by nearly plagiarizing Ramsey Lewis on "Someday Soon," and Joe Sample on "Reflections." The self-descriptive "Tango in Barbados" also stands out. --Mark Ruffin

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Another giant step forward for Benoit
Dr.D.Treharne | Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom | 03/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Picking up the thread he left with "Professional Dreamer", David Benoit pushes the mixture of music further forward, without losing the impact of his individual keyboard sound. On 3 of the tracks he has once again turned to the production work of Rick Braun, and each of the tracks adds a new element to the CD. Favourite of the Braun produced tracks is "You read my mind" where Braun offers the programming.Another element in the mix is that 2 of the tracks are produced by Stuart Wade of Down to the Bone.Both these tracks "Coming up for air" and "Tango in Barbados" are refreshingly different, the latter being a really jaunty workout, an interesting contrast with Benoit's work in the 80's and 90's.Of the self produced tracks, the title track is a good tune, with Benoit adding touches on Hammond B3.My two other favourites are John Barry's "Then the morning comes" with a touch of vibraphone from Larry Bunker, and "Reflections" on which there is an imaginative use of several instruments including a French Horn. All in all this is excellent,and has a depth that allows something new to emerge with every listening. If you haven't heard the "new" David Benoit this is a great place to start!"
Down to the Benoit
Caroline Lawrence | London, England | 03/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"David Benoit's 'ReJoyce' - a tribute to jazz guitarist Joyce Cooling - was my favourite song of 2000. So when I heard he was going to collaborate with another of my fav groups, 'Down to the Bone', I was euphoric. Wow! What a great CD that would be! *sigh* Well, I have to say that although I love David I am a little disappointed. Some of the tracks just don't do it for me. Has he been watching re-runs of 'The Man From Uncle'? (Listen to 'Reflections' and 'War of the SUV's' and you'll see what I mean) Still, I prefer the Napolean Solo suspense music to David tinkling up and down the entire keyboard. And why does he have to end each CD with a really schmaltzy song? Never mind. The track 'Then The Morning Comes' is worth the price of the whole CD. And I love 'You Read My Mind' and 'Tango in Barbados'. If you're a DB fan like me, you'll forgive him the rest."
Jazz with fun, and makes me feel good
A. lombardi Jr. | north cape may, nj United States | 03/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I got one after I got the 3 down to the bones cds and this is
just as good, he is really good and know how to play and this is
worth getting and playing at your party or home with your friends
or just in your car, its fun music and your enjoy it very much."