|Genres:||Jazz Kids & Family Movies Mystery & Thriller Movies|
|Tags:||smooth jazz jazz piano jazz piano instrumental david benoit|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Bakersfield, California, USA. Benoit gained an early appreciation of music from his parents, who played guitar and piano. He began piano lessons at the age of 14, by which time he was steeped in the influences of both Ramsey Lewis and Henry Mancini. Following his musical studies at El Camino College, he met with composer Richard Baskin and played piano on the movie soundtrack to Nashville in 1975. He gained valuable experience playing in clubs and bars and became Gloria Lynnes pianist. He toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1976 as Lainie Kazans arranger and accompanist.
Benoits debut recording was with drummer Alphonse Mouzon and it was during these sessions he met with Dave Grusin, who became an important figure in his future career. He recorded a number of albums on the small AVI label that demonstrated his fluid and skilful playing, although these recordings suffered from an overall blandness that resulted in...