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Like two bubbly streams of smooth jazz, two Grammy-nominated greats, pianist/composer/arranger David Benoit and vocalist Jane Monheit, collaborate on 2 in Love, an album that runs the gamut through Latin beat, ballad, Broadway, and more. They’re precisely paired so that Mr. Benoit’s deft, smooth touch on the keys and Ms. Monheit’s silky singing unerringly hit their target. It’s all too easy, with smooth jazz, to allow one note to slide into the next; not so here. Despite Ms. Monheit’s ability to smoothly transition between words, her enunciation allows us to hear all of the lyrics. Similarly, Mr. Benoit’s smooth blending of chords never lets us lose sight (or sound) of individual notes. I’ve come to this album as a fan of Jane Monheit; I’m coming away as a fan of both.

For full review: 2 in Love Full Album Review

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