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Album Review

Sony Music Special Products' The Essence of George Benson is a collection of ten highlights from his recordings for CTI/Columbia. It's far from being a definitive overview of his '70s work, but it isn't a bad sampler at all, which makes it of considerable interest to casual fans and curious listeners, considering its budget price.

Customer Reviews

This one has the goods!

This collection is sure to satisfy any jazz fan and especially those craving the "real deal" in a jazz guitarist. George is innovative and on fire at these sessions backed by an irresistibly swinging rhythm section (great percussions-before the advent of digital drum sequencers-simply amazing). It is easy to hear where G.B. has a firm grasp of the vocabulary of his great contemporaries such as Wes Montgomery, yet he injects his own energy and hot, funky phrasing that point to the future of his own legacy.


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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