Hartt & Soul Productions Presents: Benefitting One World
David Benoit & Lindsey Webster
Early Show : 6:00 PM
Late Show : 8:30 PM
David Benoit’s poetic, transcendent and timeless anthems have a way of permeating your spirit. His majestic “Vernazza” is the perfect example. “Sometimes I draw inspiration from my travels,” he explains. “’Vernazza’ is a small fishing village in Northern Italy and we spent time there last March. It was inspiring.” Benoit gains further inspiration from long-time friend, and saxophonist, Dave Koz. “He is very much a melody maker and all about finding the sweet spot with his audience,” says the pianist. “Through the years, we have learned a lot from one another.” The tender bossa nova “Moon And Sand,” featuring Marc Antoine, is dedicated to guitarist Kenny Burrell who was a favorite of Benoit’s father. “Kenny Burrell was all I ever heard growing up” shares Benoit. “My dad was a guitar player and Kenny was his favorite. I have always wanted to cover ‘Moon And Sand’ and finally got to with Marc. He took it to a whole other place which was beautiful.” The blues “Sly Fox” was co-written by pianist Jeff Lorber and pairs Benoit with a swinging horn section while the euphoric “Dave G” showcases the young saxophonist Vincent Ingala.
The earthy, charismatic and beautiful Lindsey Webster is a surprising and welcomed anomaly in the contemporary jazz world. The sultry and soulful young singer/composer, who has scored two Billboard #1’s on the Contemporary Jazz Chart, making her the first vocalist in the format to garner a #1 since the iconic Sade, is still amazed by her own success. “It is unbelievable that it is really happening” says Webster. “But now that it has, I feel like my world and career have opened up and that it is only the beginning!” Blessed with a honey-toned voice and enviable range, Webster’s uniquely identifiable sound is fueled by potent messages of love that are timely for today’s climate. Webster is holding her own in a largely male dominated genre comprised of artists who are much older than her and she is quickly becoming a favorite on the charts and international touring circuit. Her sophomore Shanachie recording, Love Inside, is about realizing the power that each of us possess as individuals. “So frequently, we are looking outside of ourselves for the answers, when most of the time, we need to address what is within, first” states Webster. “I thought it to be an appropriate title for this album with all of the negativity and animosity that runs rampant in today’s world.’ Through a tapestry of twelve evocative originals that fuse the best elements of R&B, jazz, pop and soul, Webster, along with her pianist and husband Keith Slattery, explore the world of love and loss in relationships as well as the love needed to unite and honor one another’s humanity.