Eddie Benitez’s New Release “Visions Of Angels”: Great New Age Jazz
Eddie Benitez‘s newest project Visions of Angels, released September 1st, 2009 on NuGroove Records, is taking world music/ new age jazz to a new level. Experience the pure passion, spirituality and heart of Eddie Benitez’s music unleashed on 12 new cuts, all written and produced by the artist.
Joined by guest vocalist, R&B legend Howard Hewett, Eddie’s music includes sounds and rhythms from African to Latin to European, and brings in innovative fusions with R&B and pop, making this the premier and most radio-friendly CD to date in his decades-long catalog of music.
The first single from the CD, “A Child’s Love,” was inspired by Eddie’s youngest daughter who makes a cameo appearance at the end of the song. The beauty of the instrumental version was so moving to Howard Hewett, a father himself that he went back to his hotel room after recording the planned vocals to the track, “Beautiful Sunrise, the Next Day,” and wrote lyrics to the song.
Excitedly, he called Eddie and asked if they could go back in the studio that night and record vocals to the track. He was due to fly back to L.A. the next day, and both artists agreed this was too good to pass up. Back to the studio they went, with the result — the entrancing version of “A Child’s Love” that we hear as the first single, one that is sure to touch the hearts of everyone who has ever loved or been loved by a child. A moment of serendipity in the studio is now hit-bound.
“Beautiful Sunrise, The Next Day,” is the second track with Howard’s Hewett’s heartfelt vocals, a perfect match for the passionate music Eddie is known for creating. The predominantly instrumental CD is interspersed with one other vocal track, “That’s Life,” a song that introduces Joeleen, a European discovery of Eddie’s. Joeleen, U.K. born and bred and now living in Italy, is thrilled to be making her World Music debut as a guest vocalist on Visions of Angels.
The title track, “Visions of Angels,” is built for live performance in outdoor venues that will accommodate its grandeur, while tracks like “Wisdom” and “Love Forever always” draw the listener in with a depth of feeling that Eddie is a master at delivering on the guitar — a guitar that weeps and laughs like an extension of the human voice. Eddie writes songs that sound custom made for movie soundtracks just waiting for the music. All the tracks on this CD, Eddie’s own compositions and those in collaboration with his co-producer, G-Man, and others, have Eddie’s signature mystery and clear inspiration from somewhere beyond the earthly dimension alone.