2 in Love

2 in Love

by David BenoitDavid Benoit


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On his 35th album as a leader, pianist and composer David Benoit changed up his game. Remarkably, 2 in Love is the very first time in his long career that he's worked with a vocalist on an entire album. His chosen collaborator is Jane Monheit, one of the most celebrated mainstream jazz singers. All but one of these ten songs are originals co-written with three different lyricists: Lorraine Feather, Mark Winkler, and Spencer Day. Produced by the pianist, 2 in Love was cut live in the studio -- a daunting prospect for most contemporary vocalists. But Monheit is no ordinary singer. Check her delivery on the knotty, Latin-tinged opener "Barcelona Nights." She glides through the changes and imbues her canny phrasing with just a hint of samba, with each articulated syllable entrenched in the song's groove. The sultry passion in her utterance is complemented beautifully by Pat Kelly's nylon-string guitar in the bridge. The title track is a swinging bossa with charging piano and hand percussion. Monheit has demonstrated throughout her career that her grasp on the form is both expert and soulful. On "Dragonfly," a lithe country-esque waltz, she pulls back, but just enough to let the addition of a violin and cello color the parlor room feel of Benoit's melody. "Fly Away" is beautifully realized cinematic pop, while "Love Will Light a Way" and "Something's Gotta Give" offer distinct sides of popular music's theatrical side. There are two instrumentals on the set as well. "Love in Hyde Park" is a stripped-down yet elegant -- and ultimately preferable -- version of "A Moment in Hyde Park," which first appeared on Love Is Like a Samba (where the pianist was accompanied by an orchestra). This version, arranged for quartet, features flutist Tim Weisberg, who adds an exotic, breezy texture atop Benoit's shimmering pianism. The closer is a solo piano medley of Leonard Bernstein's "Love Theme from Candide" and Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," affectionately rendered with grace and care. On 2 in Love, Benoit couldn't have chosen a more desirable collaborator than Monheit. Her openness to the range of material he offers in beautifully crafted songs is matched only by her command of their languages.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2015
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072371354
catalogNumber: 37135
Rank: 106189

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Benoit   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Tim Weisberg   Alto Flute
Clayton Cameron   Drums
John Clayton   Bass
Cathy Biagini   Cello
Pat Kelly   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jane Monheit   Vocals
Jamey Tate   Drums
Michelle Suh   Violin
Lauren Kosty   Percussion
David Hughes   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Mark Winkler   Composer
Lorraine Feather   Composer
David Benoit   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Clark Germain   Producer,Engineer
Bud Harner   Executive Producer
Karen Smith   Music Librarian
Spencer Day   Composer
Albert J. Roman   Art Direction

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