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Album Review

This budget release from Sony BMG Canada showcases nine tunes by guitarist George Benson during his tenure at Columbia and CTI Records. These tracks represent a more defined jazz direction than his vocal pop offerings recorded for Warner Bros. in the '70s and '80s. A few outstanding tracks include "Summertime," "The Cooker," "So What," and "White Rabbit." Although this compilation contains first-rate performances, there is nothing unexpected for the Benson collector to be heard.


Born: 22 March 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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