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Inspiration (A Tribute To Nat King Cole)

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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."

Customer Reviews

So good!

George Benson has been at it for only 5 decades - you'd think after all this time, he might run out of steam. The incredible thing about his new tribute album to Nat King Cole is that just the opposite has happened. The singing and guitar work is just as strong as the heyday of his career. I'm just baffled that he hasn't fallen off after all these years. Throw in some great cameos by Wynton Marsalis, Idina Menzel and Michael McDonald (+ more) and you have a classic album in the making.

Whether or not you're familiar with Nat's repertoire (I mean, who isn't at this point?) this album is enjoyable from start to finish and makes a great addition to any record collection. Highly recommended!


Oh! I love this Album! I love the Duet with Idina Menzel! My inspiration!

Not Bad!

Not bad...however, would have preferred more guitar.


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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