Dave Bennett; Blood Moon
Mack Avenue Records
Clarinetist Dave Bennett performs on his current CD with a small group. He has a mix of original compositions co-written with record producer Shelly Berger. Others are well-loved standards by a variety of composers. He is supported by pianist Dave Restivo, guitarist Reg Schwager, bassist Jim Vivian, drummer Pete Siers, and percussionist Davide Direnzo.
The original tunes are a mix of reflective melancholy — Blood Moon and Heavy Heart — to blazing riffs — 13 Fingers.
Bennett is a favorite on the jazz party circuit. I’ve seen him a number of times at the Arbors Jazz parties. Currently he’s scheduled to appear this year at Suncoast JazzFest, San Diego Jazz Festival and the Sarasota Jazz Festival. He’s performed at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious locations.
To this reviewer, the CD his highly pleasing and, in addition, it passed the “kitchen test.” That is, when the spouse comes from the kitchen and says, “I like it; who is the performer?”
Blood Moon—Bennett & Shelly Berger
A Long Goodbye—Bennett & Berger
Falling Sky—Bennet & Berger
Wichita Lineman—Jimmy Webb
(Back Home Again in) Indiana—McDonald and Handley (public domain)
13 Fingers—Bennett & Berger
Down in Honky Tonk Town—McCarron and Smith
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—Morricone
In My Life—Lennon & McCartney
Heavy Heart—Bennett & Berger