Givin' It Up

Givin' It Up

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by George Benson
     
 

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Givin' It Up finds crossover jazz icons guitarist George Benson and vocalist Al Jarreau teaming up for a breezy, enjoyably melodic session that highlights both artists' long careers. Technically a duo album, it is Benson's first since signing with Concord Records. As such, it works as a nice reintroduction to both artists and even finds them reworking the See more details below

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Givin' It Up finds crossover jazz icons guitarist George Benson and vocalist Al Jarreau teaming up for a breezy, enjoyably melodic session that highlights both artists' long careers. Technically a duo album, it is Benson's first since signing with Concord Records. As such, it works as a nice reintroduction to both artists and even finds them reworking the Bobby Womack classic "Breezin'," which Benson originally covered on his 1976 album of the same name. Here listeners get Jarreau adding lyrics and vocals on a version that really evokes the classic '70s jazz-meets-R&B sound that was an original hallmark of smooth jazz. In that sense, Givin' It Up is a true joy for fans of that more organic, song-oriented approach to crossover music, with Benson and Jarreau digging in to such great songs as Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze," John Legend's "Ordinary People," and Darryl Hall's "Every Time You Go Away." Also adding some unexpected fun and celebrity sheen to the proceedings is an impromptu appearance by Paul McCartney, who joins in on Sam Cooke's gospel-inflected "Bring It on Home to Me." Throw in appearances by trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Patti Austin, pianist Herbie Hancock, and bassist Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke, and Givin' It Up proves music is always fun with a little help from your friends.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072231627
catalogNumber:
2316
Rank:
8304

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jarreau   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Percussion
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul McCartney   Vocals
Patrice Rushen   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Marion Meadows   Saxophone
Freddie Ravel   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Moog Bass
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Stanley Clarke   Bass,Bass Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards
Freddie Fox   Guitar
A. Ray Fuller   Guitar
Abraham Laboriel   Electric Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Marcus Miller   Bass,Bass Guitar
Michael O'Neill   Rhythm Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Darlene Perry   Background Vocals
Sharon Perry   Background Vocals
Rex Rideout   Piano
Joe Turano   Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Randy Waldman   Piano
Michael White   Drums
Michael White   Drums
Gregg Field   Drums
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Valerie Pinkston   Background Vocals
Lorraine Perry   Background Vocals
Mike Broening   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Jill Scott   Vocals
Larry E. Williams   Piano,Keyboards
De'Ante Duckett   Background Vocals
Alethea Mills   Background Vocals
Chavonne Morris   Background Vocals
Sandra Simmons Williams   Background Vocals
Mel Brown   Bass

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Arranger,Composer
Patti Austin   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Patrice Rushen   Arranger
George Benson   Arranger
Miles Davis   Composer
Freddie Ravel   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Vocal Arrangements
Kevin Lee   Executive Producer
Kevin Becka   Engineer
Billie Holiday   Composer
John Burk   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Dash Crofts   Composer
Chris Dunn   Producer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Don Murray   Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Arranger,Engineer
Rex Rideout   Arranger,Composer
Joe Turano   Arranger,Composer
Randy Waldman   Arranger
Gregg Field   Producer
Jim Seals   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Mike Broening   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
will.i.am   Composer
John Wroble   Engineer
Carlos "Storm" Martinez   Engineer
Larry Melero   Guitar Techician
Darryl Hall   Composer
Seth Presant   Arranger,Engineer
Bill Airey Smith   Arranger,Engineer
Andrew Pham   Art Direction
Larry E. Williams   Arranger,Producer
John Legend   Composer
Fred Martin & the Levite Camp   Vocal Arrangements
Jeff Harris   Engineer
Phillip "Taj" Jackson   Composer
Riku Camp   grooming
Myron Chandler   Arranger,Engineer
Travis Robertson   Guitar Techician
Terence Thomas   Guitar Techician
Riku Campo   grooming
Kevin Lee "The Little Monster"   Executive Producer
Noel Lee   Executive Producer

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