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Album Review

As guitarist George Benson morphed from playing with chitlin circuit organ combos to becoming a pop vocalist, these sessions in 1968 formed a transition, and were a prelude to his works for the CTI label. There are five tracks each from the recordings Giblet Gravy and Goodies, featuring horn sections, takes on Top 40 hits, the funky go-go instrumental boogaloo sound of the day, and a slick approach to production values. Included as asides are a lone soul-jazz-blues number with organist Jimmy Smith, a lone jazz standard ("Song for My Father"), and a take on Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" backed by gospel/R&B vocalists the Sweet Inspirations. It's certainly not the best Benson of any era but far from the worst, and does give insight into where he was to go in the commercial music world. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Song for my Father

I am adding this tune to my repertoire. I am NOT a guitar player. I came across this version when I searched for "Song for my Father". Wow is it good. Absolutely brilliant bass playing and George is as always a genius. The groove is a serious musician's groove. Sadly I think most guitarists only listen for the guitar. This so transcends guitar. George is a musician that plays guitar and NOT a guitar player. He really interacts with the band with superb syncopation and phrasing. I like much of Benson's post jazz music but for me this is where I live and go when I think of George Benson. A true jazz great and a very much an ear/internally driven musician. Music emanates from George's soul and comes out the amp. You can hear the connection.


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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