Bennett Brandeis has performed in the past with the Japanese group
Shonentai, and the reunited Original 5th Dimension. He started his
solo career with the album Jazz Guitar (1995), followed by
The View From Above (2001), Storytelling (2006)
and this year Groove Time.
The new album is produced by guitarist Paul Brown, who also performs
on selected tracks. Bennett is joined in addition by Greg Adams,
Elan Trotman, Ricky Lawson, Darren Rahn and many more. The mid tempo
Tell Me About It opens up the dance. Bennett's affinity for
guitar chords reminds me of George Benson's Ibanez style.
The guitar jam stretches out to Slipstream, where the
guitar meets flute in a lovely musical surrounding. Sax and guitar
is a popular combination. On Show Your Love Elan Trotman
gives the right answers on tenor sax.
The James Brown exclamation Get On Up! specifically implies to get up on the dance
floor. A simple meaning we certainly follow in view of this
encouraging melody. The heartfelt ballade When I Look In Your
Eyes is made for all lovers in the world. Charming!
Now And Again is a nice starter for the Sunday morning.
Paul Brown and Bennett join to a fabulous guitar duet.
The subtle piece Between Rivers Elan Trotman features on
the soprano sax. The type of guitar processing speaks for the
romantic feel of the ballad. With Above The Clouds Bennett
tends to higher spheres, although the melody remains accessible. The
title song has that uplifting attitude we know by Paul Brown.
Bennett adds his signature style and gives the song an own
character. With In My Mind Bennett succeeds a sensitive
final, touching in its depth.
For lovers of smooth jazz with the guitar in focus, Bennett B's
Groove Time is of particular appeal. The fact that Paul Brown
has contributed to this album, is in the light of Bennett's
wonderful guitar playing of minor importance.
Buy the album
Title: Groove Time
Artist: Bennett B
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Baton Records
01 Tell Me About It [4:04]
02 Slipstream [3:55]
03 Show Your Love [4:00]
04 Get On Up! [3:27]
05 When I Look In Your Eyes [3:26]
06 Now And Again [4:44]
07 Between Rivers [3:20]
08 Above The Clouds [3:28]
09 Groove Time [3:31]
10 In My Mind [3:48]