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Album Review

The R&B elements get stronger, the sound and mix are more attuned to the dancefloor, yet this brings out the best in George Benson's funky side. Thanks in part to the more rigid beat, Benson pares down his style to its rhythmic essentials, refusing to spray notes all over the place at random, and as a result, the record cooks and dances. His treatment of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," hugely complemented by Joe Farrell's wistfully prancing flute, is a mini-masterpiece in the use of space, of hitting exactly the right stabbing note right in the pocket. Again, Creed Taylor turns to a James Brown alumnus, David Matthews, for arrangements, and he discreetly and wisely stays out of Bad George's way. Buy this one for "Cast Your Fate," but there is plenty more to savor here. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

What a trip what an album

This album was released back when I was still working my Lloyd combi-stereo to play 8-tracks and lp's. The tv was cathode ray tuned and my ride had two wheels and no motor. That sense of nostalgia is exactly what you will feel as you play this classic album of jazz goodness. The Benson version of Cast Your Fate To The Wind is the measuring stick against which all others are measured. The title track immediately pulls the listener in with a double drum rapp that makes you stand at attention to the fact that your about to embark on a fantastic audible journey. Enjoy!

Mr. Benson!

The memories contained in this album! Yes, I said album as that is how I'll always remember it. "One Rock Don't Make no Boulder" has just a hint of the tight horn section and soulful melodious delights which abound here. Mr. Benson has never fails to deliver and definitely hits the mark here!


Born: March 22, 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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