Personnel: David Benoit (piano, keyboards); Dann Huff, Russ Freeman (guitar); Osamu Kitajima (koto); Pamela Henderson, Doug Cameron, Gina Kronstadt, Arthur Zadinsky, Rebecca Barr, Pavel Farkas, Sid Page, Bruce Dukov, Clayton Haslop (violin); Cynthia Morrow, Jimbo Ross (viola); Larry Corbett, Douglas Davis (cello); Gary Herbig, Ray Pizzi (saxophone); Sam Riney (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); John Madrid, Walt Johnson (trumpet); Joe Meyer , Richard Todd (French horn); Randy Kerber (synthesizer); John Patitucci (acoustic bass, upright bass); Timothy Barr, Arni Egilsson (double bass); Jeff Porcaro, Tony Morales (drums); Joe Porcaro, Lenny Castro, Michael Fisher (percussion).
Recording information: Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Glenn Wexler.
Arranger: David Benoit.
Pianist David Benoit's debut for GRP was a big seller and set the tone for the next decade of his career. In general, Benoit's piano is heard in the forefront, joined by oversized rhythm sections (including the Rippingtons' Russ Freeman) and a string section. A strictly boppish quartet rendition of "Del Sasser" with altoist Sam Riney is a nice change of pace, but otherwise, the music is melodic, lightweight, and better for backgrounds than for close listening. Overall, this program is pleasant and not at all objectionable, but difficult to remember once the CD is finished. ~ Scott Yanow