Body Talk [Bonus Track]

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Before his “This Masquerade” breakthrough turned George Benson into -- in the public’s imagination, at least -- an R&B vocalist who happened to play guitar, he was merely a superb jazz guitarist. Not that the various recording companies he had earlier signed with knew quite what to do with him. His tenure with CTI found him turning toward funkier regions, prime evidence of which can be found on Body Talk, his third album for the label. Benson does exhibit more than a touch of R&B flavoring here, but he’s also surrounded by accomplished jazz players, including second (acoustic) guitarist Earl Klugh, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Ron Carter, and Harold Mabern ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Before his “This Masquerade” breakthrough turned George Benson into -- in the public’s imagination, at least -- an R&B vocalist who happened to play guitar, he was merely a superb jazz guitarist. Not that the various recording companies he had earlier signed with knew quite what to do with him. His tenure with CTI found him turning toward funkier regions, prime evidence of which can be found on Body Talk, his third album for the label. Benson does exhibit more than a touch of R&B flavoring here, but he’s also surrounded by accomplished jazz players, including second (acoustic) guitarist Earl Klugh, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Ron Carter, and Harold Mabern on electric piano. For his part, Benson sounds great, pouring out plenty of quicksilver runs and octave chording that in his masterly hands always come off perfectly poised and relaxed (check out his workout on “Plum” for starters; “Top of the World” exhibits his brilliant blend of flash and mellow cool). This reissue also contains an alternate take of the title track.
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With an eye and ear on what was happening on the soul charts -- James Brown in particular -- Benson made a decided swerve toward R&B on this release. Indeed, the J.B.'s Pee Wee Ellis turns up as a big band arranger on three tracks, and he no doubt had a direct influence on the distinct J.B.'s groove of one of the non-big band tunes, "Dance." It should come as no surprise by now that this formidable guitarist has no problem handling any kind of groove, although the mixed rhythm section of Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, electric pianist Harold Mabern, and percussionist Mobutu sometimes sends mixed messages. Earl Klugh has a few tasty moments on his own, and there are some reconnaissance flights back to the jazz side of Benson, which he handles with his usual confident aplomb. [The 2002 reissue features crisp remastering, re-orders the tracks, and has a new mix of the alternate version of "Body Talk."]~ Richard S. Ginell
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998614727
  • Catalog Number: 86147

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dance (8:25)
  2. 2 When Love Has Grown (5:05)
  3. 3 Plum (5:13)
  4. 4 Body Talk (8:24)
  5. 5 Top of the World (9:46)
  6. 6 Body Talk (9:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar
Ron Carter Bass
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Jon Faddis Tenor Saxophone
Earl Klugh Guitar
Pee Wee Ellis Conductor
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
John Gatchell Tenor Saxophone
Dick Griffin Trombone
Gary King Bass
Harold Mabern Electric Piano
Waymon Reed Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Chamberlain Trombone
Mobutu Percussion
Technical Credits
Pee Wee Ellis Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Creed Taylor Producer
Mark Wilder Remastering
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
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