David Benoit: 2 in Love
2 in Love, a joint effort between pianist David Benoit and vocalist Jane Monheit, kicks off with “Barcelona Nights,” a groovy Latin-flavor that shows off Monheit’s chops for delivering a fast-tempo rhythm. “This Dance” and the tile track continue with the sensational bossa-nova sway. “Dragonfly” switches the vibe to a nimble waltz. But then the rest of the album turns into broadway and cinematic pop. Monheit turns into Celine Dion on “Fly Away.” While both Benoit and Monheit are extraordinary musicians and they could make anything together, I prefer their jazz collaboration.