The new CD brings more of the infectious songs that have been featured in recent releases. Benoit starts strong with a cover of Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man, which gives a fresh new feeling to the classic. He then continues the party feeling with the CD's title track, cowritten by him and Braun. One of the best uptempo tracks I have heard in a long time is Jellybeans and Chocolate, which features Brian Culbertson coming away from the keyboards and showing his trombone side and saxophonist Euge Groove. This combination could bring about the signs of an all-star band.
In some of his recent work, David Benoit has gone and brought a new feeling of simplicity to his music. Instead of using an orchestral background, he has opted for a more laid back approach to the music. That approach helps to bring more personal feelings out of the music, especially some of the down tempo songs. Right Here, Right Now continues that simplicity with songs like Le Grand, Third Encounter and Quiet Room.
Benoit wrote or cowrote seven of the tracks on Right Here, Right Now, but also performs covers that brings them new life. Besides Watermelon Man, he tackles Norah Jones' Don't Know Why with an arrangement that feels better than the original. James Taylor's Don't Let Me Lonely Tonight has guest guitarist Peter White bring out his best with a solo intro into the song that could be a classic.
David Benoit's Right Here, Right Now is Benoit at his best. He has done so many things in his career, but his roots is in smooth jazz and it continues to grow. Right Here, Right Now is a must have right here, right now.