Love Remembers

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
By the time George Benson released Love Remembers for Warner in 1993, he had basically accomplished everything a musician could ever dream of: he has played with a who's who of jazz greats, scored big as both a jazz and an R&B artist, won numerous Grammys, and had his name become synonymous with two different radio formats: adult contemporary and smooth jazz. Long the bane of "serious" jazz critics, Benson didn't even need to think about it: he made music that communicated to millions from one record to the next -- the man had a single or album somewhere on the charts ubiquitously from 1975 until the turn of the 20th century! This 12-track set listed a number of fine ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
By the time George Benson released Love Remembers for Warner in 1993, he had basically accomplished everything a musician could ever dream of: he has played with a who's who of jazz greats, scored big as both a jazz and an R&B artist, won numerous Grammys, and had his name become synonymous with two different radio formats: adult contemporary and smooth jazz. Long the bane of "serious" jazz critics, Benson didn't even need to think about it: he made music that communicated to millions from one record to the next -- the man had a single or album somewhere on the charts ubiquitously from 1975 until the turn of the 20th century! This 12-track set listed a number of fine producers on its roster including Bob James, Stewart Levine, Gary Henry, Jimmy George, and David Gamson, in addition to the man himself . The set begins with the laid-back funky soul of Brian McKnight's "I'll Be Good to You." Benson's voice and Wah Wah Watson's guitar twin intro lines in trademark fashion before gliding right into the sensual lyric. The interesting thing here -- besides the overwhelming infectiousness of the groove -- is what a fine singer Benson had become by this time. With Ndugu Chandler on the kit, William Bryant on the Fender Rhodes, Bill Summers on percussion, and McKnight on backing vocals, the tune is unbeatable as an album opener -- radio listeners thought so, too. "Got to Be There" is a romantic ballad with Benson in the guitar as well as vocal chairs, Melvin Davis holding down the big bank of keys, and Gary Henry handling the programmed loops and percussion samples. It's elegant, graceful and drenched in atmosphere. The old CTI gang gets together again on the Bob James produced instrumental "My Heart Is Dancing" by Omar Hakim. James Benson, Hubert Laws, Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, and Hakim team with relative newcomer Kirk Whalum on saxophone. It's an easy, mysterious groover with hip guitar work and horn charts. Another fine instrumental on the set is Whalum's "Willing to Fight," with James, bassist Will Lee, Hakim, Whalum and especially Benson all in fine form. This one got played like crazy on contemporary jazz radio stations at the time, and despite the dated sound of its production, holds up beautifully as a composition. Benson turns in another inspired vocal performance on "Lovin' on Borrowed Time," a mid-tempo soul tune written by Benson and John F. Hammond. A real surprise is the second from last cut, a cover of Ronnie Foster's "Lost in Love," with Phil Upchurch guesting on rhythm guitar and the composer on keyboards along with Paulinho Da Costa on percussion. A shimmering buckle shiner of a track, its groove is drenched in melody with Foster's keys hovering right around Benson's lead lines with Upchurch painting the backdrop with gorgeous chord fills. Love Remembers is certainly a solid high mark for Benson in the '90s, and anyone interested in Benson's brand of pop will be delighted with it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140668522
  • Catalog Number: 6685
  • Sales rank: 114,284

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Lead
John Hammond Jr. Keyboards
Gwen Guthrie Vocals, Lead
Michael Colina Synthesizer, Bass
Ronnie Foster Keyboards
Omar Hakim Drums
Bob James Piano
Pat Kelley Rhythm Guitar
Hubert Laws Flute
John Patitucci Bass
Phil Upchurch Rhythm Guitar
Bill Summers Percussion
Sharon Bryant Background Vocals
Darryl Tookes Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Lisa Fischer Background Vocals
Brian McKnight Vocals, Background Vocals
Angela Clemmons-Patrick Background Vocals
Michael Bearden Piano
Randy Brecker Flugelhorn
William Bryant Guitar, fender rhodes
Roger Byam Saxophone
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Melvin Davis Synthesizer
Nathan East Bass
Steve Ferrone Drums
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Bonnie Foster Keyboards
Bruce Frazier Conductor
David Gamson Keyboards
Jimmy George Synthesizer
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs Percussion
Erik Hanson Synthesizer
Gary Henry Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Hilary James Background Vocals
Sharon Jerry-Collins Background Vocals, Vibes
Joseph Joubert Keyboards
Larry Kimpel Bass
Gerry Knight Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Michael Landau Guitar
Will Lee Bass
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Olivia McClurkin Background Vocals
Jeff Mironov Rhythm Guitar
Jeanne Ricks Background Vocals
Max Risenhoover Synthesizer Drums
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Alfie Silas Background Vocals
Rose Stone Background Vocals
Richard Tee Electric Piano
Randy Waldman Piano, Strings, Keyboards
Fred Washington Bass
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Kirk Whalum Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Whitham Piano
David Witham Piano
Aaron Zigman Keyboards
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Owen Guthrie Vocals
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
John F. Hammond Keyboards
Bob James & Creations Piano
Stephen Ferrone Drums
Steven Benson Hue Keyboards, Electric Piano
Dennis Collins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Hammond Jr. Arranger
George Benson Producer, Executive Producer
Michael Colina Arranger, Programming, Remixing
Bob James Producer
Ray Bardani Arranger, Engineer, Remixing
Michael Bearden Arranger
Paulinho Da Costa Contributor
David Gamson Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Claude Gaudette Arranger, String Arrangements
Jimmy George Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Erik Hanson Programming
Gary Henry Arranger, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Sequencers
Joseph Joubert Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Richard Kaye Engineer
Daren Klein Engineer
Matthew "Boomer" La Monica Engineer
Stewart Levine Arranger, Producer
Max Risenhoover Programming, drum programming
Al Schmitt Engineer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Stephen Short Engineer
Kendal Stubbs Engineer
Charles Wallert Producer
Kirk Whalum Arranger
Steve Benson drum programming, Sequencers
Christine Cano Art Direction
Tim Lauber Engineer
Ken Fritz Director
Leonard Richardson Executive Producer
Chris Rich Engineer
Pamela Byers Director
Sunny Delight Programming
John F. Hammond Arranger
Bob James & Creations Producer
Steven Benson Hue Arranger, drum programming
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