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From her web site , smooth jazz artist Chris Bennett can be heard singing hot, steamy vocals that spell Romance with a capital R. Her form of communication appeals to a broad audience. Familiar chestnuts and fresh originals bring the listener out from the cold and into the living room for an evening of relaxed pleasure. This, Bennett's fourth album, relies on a mellow supporting cast to keep each song in its natural perspective. Eric Marienthal, Kleber Jorge, Arturo Velasco and Alec Milstein provide sensual phrases and cheerful melodies. In fact, it's the melody that takes over this session and drives its passive message home. The listener is invited to relax, sit back, and enjoy. While Bennett is at times overshadowed by the sheer volume of her accompaniment, her kittenish purrs and breathy sighs keep the album's focus intact. After all, romance should center on quiet moments. Aren't nonverbal forms of communication usually more effective than spoken attempts? Don't we judge with all of our senses? In the same manner, Chris Bennett offers a quiet storm that thrives on gentle repetition. Jazz should appeal to a broad audience. This time out, it's to let the audience relax and forget about more powerful forms of passion that rule the world.
Track Listing: Use Me; Hopeless Case; On a Summer Night; Until the End of Time; Flamingo; He's Not Ready For Me; Someone to Light Up My Life; Faster Than Expected; The Lamp Is Low; Once I Loved.
Personnel: Chris Bennett- vocals; Wayne Johnson, Kleber Jorge- guitar; Eric Marienthal- alto saxophone; Armando Castagnoli- tenor saxophone; Arturo Velasco- trombone; Sandy Stein- piano; Frank Strauss- piano, electric piano, strings; Alec Milstein- bass, piano, guitar; Eddy Resto- bass; Kevin Winard- drums; Kevin Ricard, Mz. Bobbye Hall, Freddie Crespo- percussion.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.