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Give Me the Night

George Benson

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Album Review

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. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Timeless

I can't believe I'm the first to review this album. This brings back so many good memories and it's extremely hard to believe it was 29 years ago! There is little music being put out anymore. Glad to know I have this to listen to.

His Best Work!

I can't believe that this album is not one of the top 5 G.B 's best sellers here in iTunes.Simply this is a great album at least 8 of the 10 tracks are wonderful tracks. This album was produced by the great Quincy Jones and that is way this album is solid, sure in addition to the pure talent of G.B.

"Off The Wall" for Grownups

Coming off the heels of Michael Jackson's mega-selling OFF THE WALL, producer Quincy Jones applies the same formula on "jazz guitarist turned pop/r&b crooner" George Benson. Songwriter Rod Tempeton reappears on five songs including the hit singles "Give Me The Night," "Love Times Love" and the Grammy-winning instrumental "Off Broadway". Another Jones cronie, Patti Austin, duets with Benson on a slick remake of the jazz standard "Moody's Mood". Like OFF THE WALL, Side One of the vinyl version has four songs and is mostly uptempo, while side two's six songs take a more mellow approach, especially on the album's other too-brief instrumental "Dinorah Dinorah".

Although GIVE ME THE NIGHT has it's highspots, the end result makes George Benson sound like a guest artist on a Quincy Jones album. And the single version of the title track is much better than the long, drawn-out version presented here.

Biography

Born: March 22, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

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

George Benson is simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician, and that frustrates to no end critics who would paint him into a narrow bop box. He can play in just about any style — from swing to bop to R&B to pop — with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing. His inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery...
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