Standing Together

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Having achieved monstrous success as both a pop vocalist and electric guitarist, George Benson spends most of his albums switching back and forth between crooning over easy soul grooves and gracefully invoking the spirit of Wes Montgomery, the forerunner of the snappy "Breezin'" Benson string style. On Standing Together, he finds his most distinctive voice as an inventive scat vocalist somewhere in the middle of these two modes -- a technique he employs effectively here over brisk guitar licks on the best tracks, the retro-funky, densely percussive "Cruise Control" and the seductive Latin waltz "Poquito Spanish, Poquito Funk." Smooth jazz super-producer Paul Brown adds ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Having achieved monstrous success as both a pop vocalist and electric guitarist, George Benson spends most of his albums switching back and forth between crooning over easy soul grooves and gracefully invoking the spirit of Wes Montgomery, the forerunner of the snappy "Breezin'" Benson string style. On Standing Together, he finds his most distinctive voice as an inventive scat vocalist somewhere in the middle of these two modes -- a technique he employs effectively here over brisk guitar licks on the best tracks, the retro-funky, densely percussive "Cruise Control" and the seductive Latin waltz "Poquito Spanish, Poquito Funk." Smooth jazz super-producer Paul Brown adds two clever touches to this latter track: a few brief symphonic washes and a soaring chant vocal behind the scat. The subtle soul Brown has given to a large handful of the genre's successful artists comes across best on the hooky "Fly by Night," which sounds like a great Boney James tune, only with Benson's guitar rather than sax in the lead. The set is bookended by the gentler guitar meditations "C-Smooth" and "Keep Rollin'," which don't challenge his catalog but are likeable enough. Between these standout cuts, however, Benson plays it pretty safe, functioning mostly as a lead vocalist on fluffy, easygoing romances he didn't write, like the title track and "Back to Love." "All I Know" is a far cry from "On Broadway," but as on that classic performance, Benson mixes a passionate lead vocal with the scat interludes listeners never quite get tired of.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/1998
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105990646
  • Catalog Number: 9906

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 C-Smooth (5:27)
  2. 2 Standing Together (4:08)
  3. 3 All I Know (4:38)
  4. 4 Cruise Control (5:06)
  5. 5 Poquito Spanish, Poquito Funk (5:17)
  6. 6 Still Waters (4:35)
  7. 7 Fly by Night (4:41)
  8. 8 Back to Love (4:30)
  9. 9 Keep Rollin' (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Nils Lofgren Rhythm Guitar
Tim Heintz Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Ricky Peterson Piano, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Vibes
Gary Benson Guitar
Sue Ann Carwell Background Vocals
Alex Al Bass
Reggie Burrell Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Melvin Davis Keyboards
Kevin Edmonds Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Paul Jackson Jr. Electric Guitar
Larry Kimpel Bass
Lil John Roberts Cymbals, Drums
Mike Sims Guitar
Fred White Background Vocals
Marc Antoine Guitar
Albert Sterling Menendez Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Luisito Quintero Percussion
Gerald McCauley Keyboards
Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont Background Vocals
Dechown Jenkens Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Peseetto Background Vocals
Carlos HenrĂ­quez Upright Bass
Larry Williams Saxophone
Vonciele Faggette Background Vocals
Technical Credits
George Benson Arranger, Composer
Ricky Peterson Arranger
Paul Brown Arranger, Programming, Producer
Dave Darlington Engineer
Steve Dubin Arranger, Producer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Tommy LiPuma Executive Producer
David Rideau Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
"Little" Louie Vega Composer, Producer
Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez Composer, Producer
Isabelle Wong Graphic Design
Hollis King Art Direction
Gerald McCauley Arranger, Programming, Producer
Dechown Jenkens Arranger
Robert C. Benson Programming
Martin Christianson Engineer
Tim Tan Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST SONG C-SMOOTH

    THIS SONG IS BEAUTIFUL AND SOULFUL, BUY THE ALBUM, THE FIRST SONG C-SMOOTH IS THE BEST.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MELLOW GROOVES

    THIS RECORDING MAKES ME WISH HE WOULD TOUR MORE! SPLASHING VOCALS ATOP SIZZLING, SASSY GUITAR LICKS ON "POQUITO SPANISH, POQUITO FUNK" HIS VOCALS STILL EXCITING!

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