The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

Musician's Corner: Benny Benack III

Air Date: 8/27/2023 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET

Benny Benack III


On the next edition of Musician's Corner, we have the very talented trumpeter, vocalist, and composer - Benny Benack III, to talk about his new album Third Time's The Charm

Released in June 2023, the CD features top-flight artists like Peter Bernstein on guitar and Emmet Cohen on keyboards. I have been playing tracks from this CD for the last few weeks, and enjoying them thoroughly.

Mr. Benack has been compared to Chet Baker, another artist noted as a trumpeter and singer. He has been chosen in the Downbeat Jazz Magazine 2023 Critics Poll as a Male Jazz Vocalist Rising Star and also as a Trumpet Rising Star.

The CD has a mix of jazz and jazzified pop standards, as well as some original tunes. Mr. Benack will pick one out of the fourteen tunes on the CD, a song made famous by singer Tom Jones.

You'll find this talk quite interesting and exciting, both for the musicianship, and for the explication of the song. It is interesting to hear how Mr. Benack first heard the song, from a TV show in the nineties called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Then there is the intro he wrote, done in the style of the great Ahmad Jamal. Also, Mr. Benack points out a saxophone fill that repeats, as well as a section where he sings in unison with his overdubbed flugelhorn. All of these sections are played as snippets during the talk so that you can match it up in the song when it plays. 

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By the time the talk ends and you hear the song, you will understand how it was conceived and constructed. This is a most satisfying interview and I'm sure you will find it enlightening.

Don't miss this extremely interesting edition of Musician's Corner on the Sunday Jazz Brunch.


Top photo by Anna Yatskevitch Photography.

HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Terell Stafford\Between Two Worlds 2023\You Taught My Heart to Sing
Pete McCann\Man Without Question 2023\Lost City
Benny Benack III\Third Times the Charm 2023\Giselle
Kait Dunton\Keyboards 2023\this one's for you

Robin McKelle\Impressions of Ella 2023\Soon
Silva & Steini\More Than You Know 2023\More Than You Know
Luis Giraldo\Ready Willing Able\Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
John Coltrane-My Favorite Things-02 Every Time We Say Goodbye-1961

Johnathan Blake\Passage 2023\Tears I Cannot Hide
Kait Dunton\Keyboards 2023\A Thousand Ways
Orrin Evans\The Red Door 2023\Dexter's Tune
Benny Benack III\Third Times the Charm 2023\Roylike

HOUR TWO: New For You

Alfredo Rodriquez\Coral Way 2023\Blueberry Fields
Lorca Hart Trio\Inspiration and Gratitude 2023\Song for Ganda feat Josh Nelson, Dayna Stephens
Danny Jonokuchi Big Band\Voices 2023\Social Call feat Nicole Zuraitis
Michael Morreale\Stories of Recent Vintage 2023\Thad and Mel

Benny Benack III\Third Times the Charm 2023\Jade
Ray Vega\East West Trumpet Summit 2023\Girl Talk
Lennie Moore\Mentors 2023\The Kid (for Ken Kraintz)
Angie Wells-Truth Be Told 2023-06 I've Got A Feeling (Hymn Version)

Musician's Corner:Benny Benack III\Third Times the Charm 2023\It's Not Unusual
Ken Fowser\Resolution 2023\2020

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Johnathan Blake\Passage 2023\Tiempos
Gabriel Espinosa\Bossas and Boleros 2023\Pa Eugenia
Jae Sinnett's Zero To 60 Quartet Feat. Randy Brecker-Commitment 2023-03 Morning

Diego Figueiredo\My World\Caixote
Greg Abate-Gratitude (Live)-03 Hazy Moon (Live) 2019
Luiz Millan\Brazilian Match 2023\ Lua Cheia
Antonio Adolfo-Bossa 65 2023-05 Maria Moita (Maria Shut-Mouth)

Gal Costa-Minha Voz, Minha Vida 2001-14 Camisa Amarela
Mason Razavi\Six String Standards 2023\Days of Wine and Roses
Eliana Cuevas-Golpes y Flores-05 A Tear on the Ground 2017
Daniela Soledade\Pretty World 2022\Winter Samba

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Marion Meadows-Twice As Nice 2021-10 The Thrill of Rain
Justin Lee Schultz\Gruv Kid 2020\Miracle
Jo Harrop\The Heart Wants 2022\All Too Soon feat Christian McBride
Najee\Savoir Faire 2022\Luna (Featuring Mark Harris)
Norman Brown\Let's Get Away 2022\Down Here on the Ground

Bob James Trio-Espresso-06 Topside 2018
Goldings Bernstein Stewart-Perpetual Pendulum 2022-07 Little Green Men
Brian Simpson\Soul Connection 2023\Going Home
Brian Culbertson-Colors Of Love-06 Through The Years 2018

Buzz Amato\Muse Cafe 2023\The Dream
Chris Davis Big Dog\FOCUS\Natural High
Gabriel Jay Watkins-Selah Pause and Think-02 The Sound of Love 2014
George Benson & Al Jarreau-Givin' It Up-02 Morning 2006


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