David Benoit, “Heroes” May 29, 2008Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Personal.
I received “Heroes” yesterday, and after all the computer crashing craziness, I finally got around to listening to it early this morning. Here is my review per a thread on the Magic Island BBS:
Not only is ["Heroes"] a winner [as I referred to it in an earlier post], it is a grand slam! [David Benoit's] covers are 1000x better than the original versions. Way to go, David…and also, David Hughes [bass], Jamey Tate [drums], Brad Dutz [percussion], Andy Suzuki [saxophone on "A Twisted Little Etude" and "Blue Rondo A La Turk"], and the Asia America Symphony [string quartet on "She's Leaving Home"].
P.S. I prefer this “Heroes” over the namesake TV series. I’m sure some of you here [on the message boards] would beg to differ, but I digress.
Here are the tracks:
1. Mountain Dance (4:04)
Original artist: Dave Grusin
2. Human Nature (4:13)
Original artist: Michael Jackson
3. Your Song (3:49)
Original artist: Elton John
4. Light My Fire (4:00)
Original artists: The Doors
5. Never Can Say Goodbye (4:19)
Original artists: The Jackson 5
5/30 UPDATE: So far, I am hooked on this song.
6. She’s Leaving Home (3:36)
Original artists: The Beatles
7. Song For My Father (3:23)
Original artist: Horace Silver
8. You Look Good To Me (2:57)
Original artist: Oscar Peterson
9. Waltz For Debbie (5:03)
Original artist: Bill Evans
“Debbie” was originally spelled “Debby” by Bill. David also covered this on “This Side Up” in 1985.
10. A Twisted Little Etude (2:30)
Original artist: David Benoit.
This is the lone original track. It is a tribute to Dave Brubeck, which leads us to…
11. Blue Rondo A La Turk (5:00)
Original artist: Dave Brubeck
If I got any of the original artists wrong, let me know and I will make the necessary corrections.