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It's Uptown [Expanded]
     

It's Uptown [Expanded]

by The George Benson Quartet
 

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While George Benson's solid jazz reputation supposedly rests on his early John Hammond-produced Columbia albums, one listen to this disc will reveal that his interests roamed widely from the beginning. Yes, there is plenty of straightforward bop playing here, with Benson stretching his technical chops on "Hello Birdie" and "Myna Bird

Overview

While George Benson's solid jazz reputation supposedly rests on his early John Hammond-produced Columbia albums, one listen to this disc will reveal that his interests roamed widely from the beginning. Yes, there is plenty of straightforward bop playing here, with Benson stretching his technical chops on "Hello Birdie" and "Myna Bird Blues" and ruminating thoughtfully on "Willow Weep for Me." But Benson also had an interest in quasi-rock & roll, producing Wes-like octaves on "Young Jaguar," and some Bo Diddley-in-Spain rhythm chording on "Bullfight." The young Benson sounds pure and mellifluous on three vocal numbers, the basic elements of his later successes mostly in place. Yet Benson's backing combo doesn't click on all cylinders; Lonnie Smith is reliable on organ but Ronnie Cuber's blunt baritone sax is rather cumbersome here.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972482927
catalogNumber:
724829
Rank:
38891

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson Quartet   Primary Artist
George Benson   Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Cuber   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Jimmy Lovelace   Drums
Ray Lucas   Drums
Charlie Persip   Drums

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Producer
George Benson   Composer,Liner Notes
Steven Berkowitz   Producer,Reissue Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer,Reissue Producer
John Hammond   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Clarence Walker   Packaging Manager
Stacey Boyle   Tape Research
Clare Walker   Package Manager
John F. Hammond   Producer
Warren Moore   Composer

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