Benson Burner

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Some but not all of guitarist George Benson's 1966-1967 Columbia sides are included on this double LP originally released in 1976 -- plus some unreleased songs and other tunes that he recorded under organist Lonnie Smith's name. Fitting into the soul-jazz/hard bop idiom, Benson is mostly heard in a quartet with organist Smith, baritonist Ronnie Cuber, and drummer Jimmy Lovelace, although some selections add horns including trumpeter Blue Mitchell and more players in the rhythm section. At this point, Benson was still heavily influenced by Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian, but he already had his own approach. The majority of the songs are basic originals by Benson or ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Some but not all of guitarist George Benson's 1966-1967 Columbia sides are included on this double LP originally released in 1976 -- plus some unreleased songs and other tunes that he recorded under organist Lonnie Smith's name. Fitting into the soul-jazz/hard bop idiom, Benson is mostly heard in a quartet with organist Smith, baritonist Ronnie Cuber, and drummer Jimmy Lovelace, although some selections add horns including trumpeter Blue Mitchell and more players in the rhythm section. At this point, Benson was still heavily influenced by Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian, but he already had his own approach. The majority of the songs are basic originals by Benson or Smith, and the emphasis is on soulful swinging. Fine music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140356924
  • Catalog Number: 3569

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bayou (3:33)
  2. 2 Hammond's Bossa Nova (3:11)
  3. 3 Willow Weep For Me (7:32)
  4. 4 Clabber Biscuits (2:30)
  5. 5 Chicken Giblets (2:36)
  6. 6 Mama Wailer (2:36)
  7. 7 Goodnight (2:05)
  8. 8 The Man From Toledo (2:11)
  9. 9 My Babe (2:54)
  10. 10 Minor Truth (4:09)
  11. 11 Slow Scene (3:13)
  12. 12 Flamingo (5:07)
  13. 13 Redwood City (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Cooker (4:17)
  2. 2 Return of the Prodigal Son (2:35)
  3. 3 Push, Push (4:38)
  4. 4 Benson' Rider (7:26)
  5. 5 Doin' the Thing (2:45)
  6. 6 Bright Eyes (2:51)
  7. 7 Myna Bird Blues (4:36)
  8. 8 What Do You Think (2:45)
  9. 9 Keep Talkin' (2:22)
  10. 10 Peg-Leg Jack (3:00)
  11. 11 Jaguar (2:46)
  12. 12 Hello Birdie (4:00)
  13. 13 Ain't That Peculiar (2:56)
  14. 14 Forevermore (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Harold Ousley Tenor Saxophone
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Marion Booker Drums
Billy Kaye Drums
Jimmy Lovelace Drums
Al Michelle Guitar
Charlie Persip Drums
Dr. Lonnie Smith Organ
Pucho Latin Percussion
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
George Benson Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer, Reissue Executive Producer
Frank Laico Engineer
Dr. Lonnie Smith Composer
George Knuerr Engineer
John Berg Art Direction
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Roger Huyssen Illustrations
Robert Rogers Composer
Ann Ronell Composer
Warren Moore Composer
Stephen Bruce Weissman Reissue Producer
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