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George Benson - Give Me The Night
George Benson
Give Me The Night
LP | 1980 | UK | Reissue (Pure Pleasure)
26,99 €*
Release:1980 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
This is the peak of George Benson's courtship of the mass market -- a superbly crafted and performed pop album with a large supporting cast -- and wouldn't you know that Quincy Jones, the master catalyst, is the producer. Q's regular team, including the prolific songwriter Rod Temperton and the brilliant engineer Bruce Swedien, is in control, and Benson's voice, caught beautifully in the rich, floating sound, had never before been put to such versatile use. On "Moody's Mood", Benson really exercises his vocalese chops and proves that he is technically as fluid as just about any jazz vocalist, and he become a credible rival to Al Jarreau on the joyous title track. Benson's guitar now plays a subsidiary role -- only two of the ten tracks are instrumentals -- but Q has him play terrific fills behind the vocals and in the gaps, and the engineering gives his tone a variety of striking, new, full-sounding timbres. The instrumentals themselves are marvelous: "Off Broadway" is driving and danceable, and Ivan Lins' "Dinorah, Dinorah" grows increasingly seductive with each play. Benson should have worked with Jones from this point on, but this would be their only album together.
George Benson - In Flight
George Benson
In Flight
LP | 1977 | UK | Reissue (Pure Pleasure)
27,99 €*
Release:1977 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, George Benson is an amazingly versatile musician, whose adept skills find him crossing easily between straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, and contemporary R&B. Blessed with supreme taste, a beautiful, rounded guitar tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing, Benson's inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format. Yet Benson can also sing in a lush, soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, and it is his voice that has proven more marketable to the public than his guitar. Benson is the guitar-playing equivalent of Nat King Cole -- a fantastic pianist whose smooth way with a pop vocal eventually eclipsed his instrumental prowess in the marketplace -- but unlike Cole, Benson has been granted enough time after his fling with the pop charts to reaffirm his jazz guitar credentials, which he still does at his concerts.In the wake of "This Masquerade", the balance of power shifted for the first time toward George Benson's suddenly marketable voice; four of the six tracks on "In Flight" are vocals. By this time, Benson was tailoring his tenor toward soulful pitch-bending à la Stevie Wonder on tunes as diverse as "Nature Boy" and "The World Is a Ghetto", and the unison scatting with the guitar that caught fire with the public on "Masquerade" is now pulled out whenever possible. Benson's backing band from "Breezin'", still set in its funk mode, is intact, and Claus Ogerman again contributes gentle orchestral cushions. The two instrumentals, particularly Donny Hathaway's "Valdez In The Country", prove that Benson remained a brilliantly inventive melodist on guitar, in full possession of his powers. Yet there is every indication here that Benson was set upon becoming primarily a pop star. By Richard S. Ginell/AMGRecording: 1977 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, by Al SchmittProduction: Tommy Lipuma
George Benson - Give Me The Night
George Benson
Give Me The Night
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Music On Vinyl)
22,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Pop
Give Me The Night is the 1980 album by ten-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and singer-songwriter George Benson. Produced by Quincy Jones and originally released on Jones' start-up label Qwest Records, the album charted number one on both the Top Soul Albums and Jazz Albums Chart as well as number three on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.180g audiophile vinyl.
George Benson - Erotic Moods
George Benson
Erotic Moods
LP | 1978 | US | Reissue (Winley)
12,99 €*
Release:1978 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Classic fusion-jazz-funk record! Includes the all-time classic cut 'Smokin Cheeba-Cheeba'
George Benson - Breezin'
George Benson - Irreplaceable
George Benson
Irreplaceable
LP | 2015 | KR | Original (Khiov)
44,99 €*
Release:2015 / KR – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A few decades ago, when the release of a George Benson album was an event for either jazz guitar or R&B vocal enthusiasts, his projects indeed lived up to the album title he employs here. While the new collection probably won't be an essential part of the Benson enthusiast's library, it's fun to see him trying to stay in the post-millennial urban groove hip with some of the younger generation's top songwriter/producers like Joshua Thompson (who's produced for O-Town, Aretha Franklin, and Babyface) and Joe. Those who wish he'd remember his prowess as a jazz guitarist have to content themselves with its general background capacity behind pleasant romantic vocal textures and easy grooving hip-hop shuffle grooves. Fortunately, Benson's in particularly fine voice, and most of the hooks are catchy from the get go. Conceptually, the best tunes are "Six Play" (which we soon realize is a love song to his six-string) and "Cell Phone", which postulates the idea that God and our late loved ones are accessible by wireless. There are a few stylistic deviations from the basic cool formula here, most notably the gospel-tinged "Whole Man", and the lush, gently exotic, flamenco-flavored soul tune "Strings of Love". The hope is that Benson's collaborations with the hipsters will expose his legendary talents to the kids who might otherwise shy away from the charms of an elder statesman.
George Benson - Weekend In L.A.
George Benson
Weekend In L.A.
2LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (Music On Vinyl)
28,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Weekend in L.A. by George Benson was recorded live in September and October of 1977 in the West Hollywood Roxy Theatre, and released in 1978. It was placed first in the Jazz Albums and R&B Albums list during 1978. The band existed amongst others of Stanley Banks, Jorge Dalto, Ronnie Foster, Harvey Mason and Phil Upchurch.180g vinyl.
George Benson - Body Talk
George Benson
Body Talk
LP | 1973 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
25,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Just listen to the first thirty seconds of this LP and you know that it’s all about the 'Godfather of Soul' – the unique James Brown.But it’s just as obvious that such a great artist as George Benson doesn’t just present “Greatest Hits” in a new guise. Six of his own compositions plus one by Donny Hathaway/Gene McDaniels provide the guitarist and singer with a great platform to launch from. He shoots off into orbit, accompanied by first-class guest soloists such as Jon Faddis, Frank Foster, Earl Klugh and Jack DeJohnnette. Ron Carter’s bass doesn’t boom in the low register but offers a light and airy, yet solid, base."Body Talk" is by no means the declaration of a world-shaking, new and avant-garde jazz. It is, however, a successful blend of jazz, soul and fusion. And when such a superb arranger as Pee Wee Ellis has his finger in the pie – or rather: his pen on the manuscript paper – then one can be sure that the almost 50-minute-long LP is a great success from beginning to end. Finally, one shouldn’t forget the helping hand of the producer Creed Taylor, who made a significant contribution to this milestone on the CTI label.
George Benson - Breezin
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