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After spending four years on tour developing his personal tribute to one of his biggest musical inspirations, George Benson put together an earnest, devoted compilation of Nat "King" Cole’s greatest songs. Like Cole, Benson started his career as a respected jazz instrumentalist before making an unexpected mid-career left turn into pop stardom as a singer. The album is bookended with two renditions of "Mona Lisa"—Benson first recorded it as an eight-year-old prodigy known as Little Georgie—and features his sensitive interpretations of songs from Cole’s extensive and timeless body of work. Included are a duet with Idina Menzel on "When I Fall in Love" and Cole’s signature song "Unforgettable."

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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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Inspiration (A Tribute To Nat King Cole), George Benson
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2013

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