Contemporary Jazz artists, David Benoit and Marc Antoine, have scored more than 25 #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits, sold over 2 million albums and toured the world over for more than 20 years!! A perfect blending of these great artist’s instrumental styles combine the cool grooves of Smooth Jazz with the exotic sinuosity of Brazilian music, and the result is So Nice! Highlights include Antonio Carlos Jobim’s classic samba Só Danço Samba, the popular international favorite So Nice and eight inspired Benoit/Antoine originals!
David Benoit and Marc Antoine’s aspirations for So Nice! … Are simple. Benoit shares, “I hope my fans will experience a different side of my music and feel my love for Brazilian music and my love affair with the acoustic guitar.” Marc Antoine concludes, ” I want people enjoy listening to the music as much as I enjoyed making this music with my friend. I am sure they will be able to make their own story for every song on the record. It is music therapy and this one is a good one! So, let’s get our wine bottle opener ready!”
Renaissance man David Benoit has built an enviable career taking chances. Drawing inspiration from jazz, the comics, symphonies, and film, Broadway and beyond, there does not seem to be anything he cannot play. The jazz bug bit the Los Angeles raised pianist in 1965 after watching a Charlie Brown special on television and hearing the music of Vince Guaraldi. He would go on to study music theory, composition, film scoring and conducting at UCLA. A pioneer in contemporary jazz, Benoit who is celebrating four decades as a recording artist continues to build on his legacy.
Revered for his soulful elixir of exotic textures and fluid artistry, guitarist Mac Antoine has been a force of nature on the contemporary jazz scene for over three decades. Classically trained at the International School Classical Guitar, Antoine was first introduced to audiences in the late 80s when he hit the road with Basia. Loved for his unique fusion of classical, jazz, soul and world influences, Antoine quickly became a mainstay on radio and the international touring circuit working with everyone from Sting and Cher to Marion Meadows, rick Braun, Dave Coz, and countless others. Through the years, Antoine has also been first call for the popular Guitars & Saxes All Star tours and cruises.
The pairing of David Beniot and Marc Antoine is a match made in heaven for our listening pleasure. The joint musical excellence of these two artists is magical, as the album title clearly exclaims, it is … So Nice!