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Code Red Cloud Nine

by Richard Bennett

Romance, adventure, mystery, danger. The man with a golden tone is back with an album of remarkable depth and clarity, a dozen unbeatable guitar instrumental originals.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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1. Squisito
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2. Something For Tina
3:24 $0.99
3. It's a Lucky Old World
4:43 $0.99
4. Snoozin' At Sue's
3:35 $0.99
5. En Trois
3:35 $0.99
6. When Connie Used to Care
3:41 $0.99
7. April By Twilight
4:12 $0.99
8. Casey's Place
4:08 $0.99
9. Spring Stepped In
4:23 $0.99
10. Samba Soliel
4:59 $0.99
11. Penthouse Prelude
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12. Right On the Price, Right On the Corner
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A studio legend since 1968 and Mark Knopfler band mate, Richard Bennett returns on the heels of his widely acclaimed THEMES FROM A RAINY DECADE.

With his latest release, CODE RED CLOUD NINE, Bennett and his golden tone guitar come swinging back with a dozen unbeatable originals. It's the stuff that dreams are made of....romance, adventure, mystery and danger.

"...his vision is relentlessly melodic..." Guitar Player Magazine's senior editor, Andy Ellis.

"His quiet, self-effacing manner hides an encyclopaedic knowledge of all kinds of music...May his cracking guitar playing find a place in your life as it has in mine" Mark Knopfler

"I believe these tracks might reflect the real 'heart and soul' of Richard Bennett. Of course, I think that about everything I hear him play, whether it's jazz, blues, country, pop or rock and roll. And perhaps, as someone once said, he plays that way just because he can!" Duane Eddy

"...I have a friend who likes to refer to musicians of unprecedented skill, especially guitar players, as witches. Richard Bennett, is a witch of the first order." Holly Gleason

For complete biography, discography, record production credits, photos, Mark Knopfler tour journals and more, please visit www.richard-bennett.com



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Shaun Toman

This is it!
Wow! Really great stuff here. I really enjoyed Themes from a Rainy Decade, but now this is another great one. Richard is an awesome picker. Love the tone. Can't beat a Gretsch with a bigsby! :) Sure would be cool to hear Richard do one of these songs with Mark Knopfler on the 2008 tour! Thanks again!

Isaac Shabtay

Excellent work, period.
I started following Richard Bennett shortly after watching him performing with Mark Knopfler in Toronto, at the beginning of July 2005. Up until then, I knew of Richard's existence only through his work with Mark. As I watched him performing live, it occurred to me that I should get my hands on his first album, "Themes from a Rainy Decade".

That turned out to be a wise decision. "Themes" featured a collection of wonderful guitar melodies and interesting experiments, as well as Richard's distinctive guitar tone that has later become an integral part of Mark's stage success. It didn't take much time for "Themes" to enter my "favorites" collection.

Richard has released "Code Red, Cloud Nine" (CRCN) shortly before embarking on yet another Knopfler tour during the summer of 2008. The album presents Richard's first take on jazz music.

I should clarify that I am neither a music reviewer, nor a jazz music fanatic, nor aspiring to be either of those. My experience with jazz, so far, has been very little more than listening to random jazz music over the Internet while doing something else totally unrelated.

The first thing I noticed while listening to CRCN was that Richard kept his distinctive guitar tone. This is good news for me, as I happen to like that tone. Being a versatile guitar player is one thing, but being able to "tie" it all up with some common thread (that guitar tone) requires more sophistication.

I would proceed to name my favorite tracks however it varies on my mood. Different tracks relate to me in different ways depending on my mood. Some songs there are perfect being listened to on a balcony at night, relaxing with a glass of cold white wine; others would make absolutely no sense on any balcony but would rather give you a great feeling when you want to get something done at work and you know that you need some music to set your mind straight.

You get to like this album right off the bat, however it requires some more listening in order to really love it. Having listened to it about fifteen times now, it is already in my "favorites" collection.

I had the chance to meet with Richard a few times. I was happy to find Richard an extremely nice and charming individual. Add his charming personality to his guitar mastery and his genuine desire to experiment with various types of music, and you'd realize that Richard is one of those musicians that we are lucky to have around. Another indication that, hidden behind whatever the label industry pumps into our heads in the radio, there still are wonderful musicians out there that use their time to create music rather than headlines.

Great job, Richard. Your work is much appreciated.


Shirley Dormont

Code Red Cloud Nine
Family is thoroughly enjoying listening to "cousin" Richard's music.

Dave Ross

Code Red Cloud Nine
This record proves that really nice guys can also make incredible music. The songs are fantastic and the effortless playing belies really hard work and breadth and depth of experience and musical wisdom. It is just a great record all around and it really should be a part of every music lover's library. Bravo

Armando Garcia

RB new CD
As always, delightful guitars from Richard. Love the style.

Eva Aberg

code red cloud nine
The more I listen to this cd, the more I like it.Most enjoyable music ! Great jazzfeeling !


Melody maker
Code Red Cloud Nine is a delight! Great melodies! I'm ready to call Richard Bennett "Melody Maker" but the Gibson Cie took to the name already! Richard's second album is so different from the first one! From western spaghetti to first class jazz! I love both! Exiting move! Beautiful music by a guitar expert!

Paolo Valerio Barbantini

Terrific job, mr. Bennett...
Do not be misleaded by the instant appeal of this work: the more you listen to it the more you discover inner details. Great melodies, superb arrangements, wide range of music genres, but, overall, new high guitar playing standards. I have really enjoyed this new work of the great Richard Bennett, especially because, in my opinion, any album released after the wonderful Rainy Decade ("Themes from a rainy decade", 2003) could have been nothing else than an hazardous task. I do not mean to enlist track by track, but matching the atmosphere of "Casey's Place" with the moving words addressed by Richard to the great Al Casey in his website is something that cannot leave people without deep feelings about it. I would also like to recommend to follow in the near future the musicians joining Mr. Bennett in this record (in particular someone Nick Bennett playing interesting guitar parts). Terrific job, mr. Bennett and thanks for giving us this new gem. Now you are responsible towards all of us to release new records other than producing someone else's dreams....

All the best,


Teri Pierce

I agree with your old friend Howie...It's wonderful!

Howard Emerson

Mark who?
Okay Richard, I had no idea you were THIS GOOD!! I mean, come on already.........and that's just from listening to some mp3's......Can't wait until the goods arrive!
My best,
Howard Emerson
Huntington Station, NY
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