Beyond The Blue Horizon

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Beyond the Blue Horizon was George Benson's CTI debut in 1971. Well before the CTI sound was established by the orchestral arrangements of Don Sebesky or Bob James, Creed Taylor was interested in making hard-grooving records, of which Beyond the Blue Horizon is one. The lineup is impressive: Jack DeJohnette on drums, Ron Carter on bass, the obscure but truly gifted Clarence Palmer on B-3, and, of course, Benson on guitar. Completely instrumental, this is a swinging hard jazz date. It kicks off with Miles Davis' modal classic "So What," with Palmer's solo working right through the double-timed rhythm section break, and Benson's two solos are simply out of this world: quick, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Beyond the Blue Horizon was George Benson's CTI debut in 1971. Well before the CTI sound was established by the orchestral arrangements of Don Sebesky or Bob James, Creed Taylor was interested in making hard-grooving records, of which Beyond the Blue Horizon is one. The lineup is impressive: Jack DeJohnette on drums, Ron Carter on bass, the obscure but truly gifted Clarence Palmer on B-3, and, of course, Benson on guitar. Completely instrumental, this is a swinging hard jazz date. It kicks off with Miles Davis' modal classic "So What," with Palmer's solo working right through the double-timed rhythm section break, and Benson's two solos are simply out of this world: quick, in the pocket, and full of harmonic invention at light speed. The cut is followed by a revolutionary reading of Luiz Bonfá's "The Gentle Rain," which is defined by DeJohnette's inventive rhythmic approach, walking the line between bossa and samba. Carter goes outside on his arco work and allows Benson a beautiful middle space, working the melody inside-out. It's pure spooky lyricism. There are two Benson originals in the middle that are truly solid compositions, with rich interplay between the members of the rhythm section. It closes with "Somewhere in the East," another original, which is exotic, experimental, and grooving. Here is some of the finest work Benson ever committed to tape. His use of the riff from "Strangers in the Night" is lighthearted and distorts the mode, leaving Carter some real space to play around in and paint the rhythm section with dark shadows. For any Benson fan, or fan of electric guitar music in general, Beyond the Blue Horizon is an essential purchase: it's the recording that started it all for Benson in the early '70s. [The 2011 remastered reissue adds alternate takes of "Ode to a Kudu" and "Somewhere in the East."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886978673824
  • Catalog Number: 786738
  • Sales rank: 56,643

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So What (9:12)
  2. 2 The Gentle Rain (9:06)
  3. 3 All Clear (5:30)
  4. 4 Ode To a Kudu (3:48)
  5. 5 Somewhere In the East (6:16)
  6. 6 All Clear (5:47)
  7. 7 Ode To a Kudu (4:41)
  8. 8 Somewhere In the East (9:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar
Ron Carter Bass
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Michael Cameron Percussion
Albert Nicholson Percussion
Clarence Palmer Organ
Technical Credits
Luiz Bonfá Composer
George Benson Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Richard Seidel Reissue Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Maria Triana Mastering
Pete Turner Cover Photo
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