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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. (Richard S. Ginell/AMG)
Musicians: George Benson, lead guitar, vocals Stanley Banks, bass Jorge Dalto, clavinet, acoustic piano Harvey Mason, drums Ronnie Foster, electric piano, synthesizer (mini-moog) Ralph MacDonald, percussion Phil Upchurch, rhythm guitar Claus Ogerman, conductor, orchestra arrangements
Selections: Side 1: 1. Nature Boy 2. The Wind and I (aka Hot Stuff) 3. The World Is A Ghetto Side 2: 4. Gonna Love You More 5. Valdez In The Country 6. Everything Must Change
Recorded in 1977 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California.