On November 6, 2020, Mascot Label Group/Provogue Records releases a new live album Weekend In London, by the legendary George Benson. As an all-time icon and Grammy-winning giant of jazz, we have grown used to seeing George Benson on the stages that befit his sky-high status.
During a six-decade career marked by awards, acclaim and Billboard-topping output, the Pennsylvania-born veteran has earned his place in both the history books and the biggest venues around the world. So it's a rare treat — and a whole different thrill — to find this megastar going nose-to-nose with the breathless 250-capacity crowd at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, one of London's most prestigious and famous venues.
Weekend In London brings Benson full circle. The 77-year-old estimates that almost a half-century has passed since he last performed at the fabled Soho club, touching down in London as the hottest property on the US jazz scene of the early 1970s. The 2019 show that became Weekend In London was another fabled night to go down in the club's folklore. This hard-bitten jazzman might prefer spontaneity to setlists, but this latest live album nods to many of his countless career peaks, whether he's opening with the deathless groove of 1980's U.S. No. 4 smash "Give Me The Night," revisiting fan favorites like "Love X Love" and "In Your Eyes," or breathing fresh mojo into classic covers like Dave Bartholomew's "I Hear You Knocking" and Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto."
Side 1 1. Give Me The Night (Live) 2. Turn Your Love Around (Live) 3. Love X Love (Live)
Side 2 1. In Your Eyes (Live) 2. I Hear You Knocking (Live) 3. Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You (Live) 4. Feel Like Makin' Love (Live)
Side 3 1. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (Live) 2. The Ghetto (Live) 3. Moody's Mood (Live) 4. Love Ballad (Live)
Side 4 1. Never Give Up On A Good Thing (Live) 2. Affirmation (Live) 3. Cruise Control (Live)