Out of the Bleu
Dave Bennett Since receiving a Sears Silvertone electric guitar for his 14th birthday, the guitar has been a way of life for Dave Bennett. In the years since, Dave has taken that childhood gift and pursued a lifelong quest to conquer the mysteries stored inside the guitar as well as himself. Like many musicians, the evolution of Dave Bennett into the guitarist he is today was filled with both pleasure and frustration. Many years of performing in smoky bars, steamy clubs, recording studios and packed concert halls have honed his skills and added many colors to the rich fabric of his music. The end result is the listeners' reward. He leads us on colorful and emotional improvisational journeys, causing us to conclude that his music cannot be packaged and labeled simply as jazz, blues, rock or pop. On Dave Bennett's new independently produced disc, Out Of The Bleu, his versatile guitar takes center stage on eleven instrumentals as he explores his many influences from blues to 70's dance to smoky nightclub jazz to straight ahead rock n' roll. Among the highlights of his new album are: 'Satori' with it's 6/4 trance beat mixed with Latin melodic guitar solos takes us to carnival in Rio. A flute solo perks up the bridge, as guitar and a horn section pounds out the addictive melody. Dave's rendition of 'Arrow' opens with an East Indian anthem and quickly changes to blues personified before mutating to straight fusion and back, then soaring into a raging, uniquely emotional ending solo. The track, 'Bleu' gives no hint as to what's in store with it's string quartet intro. It quickly changes to a hypnotic groove underneath Dave's smooth and sadly singing guitar. The guitar solo shouts at the listener like a southern preacher, as if trying to convert them to a new point of view. 'Til Somebody Breaks Your Heart' is Dave's personal and emotional tribute to people close to his own heart. The sad but mellow refrain makes one share the emotions and feelings of love lost. Dave's sweet and sentimental instrumental version of his collaborative 1980s hit 'Dancin' Shoes,' will strike a responsive chord among his faithful fans. The lilting melody is translated through the six strings of Dave's guitar and gently imprinted on the listener's heart.