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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Trying to shake things up, producer Creed Taylor brought in arranger Marty Sheller from Mongo Santamaria's Afro-Cuban band, reduced the sizes of the servings no track is longer than 3:45, cranked up the decibels to a raucous level, and presented Benson in what he hoped would be a radio-friendly setting. The wonder is that Benson manages to transcend the blasting Latin-percussion-spiced production, the tight time limits, and all with often brilliantly tasty guitar fills and brief solos in many styles and three reverb-heavy vocals. The most attractive - and most frustrating - track is Eumir Deodato's lovely "Jackie, All"; George states the tune twice and just as he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Trying to shake things up, producer Creed Taylor brought in arranger Marty Sheller from Mongo Santamaria's Afro-Cuban band, reduced the sizes of the servings no track is longer than 3:45, cranked up the decibels to a raucous level, and presented Benson in what he hoped would be a radio-friendly setting. The wonder is that Benson manages to transcend the blasting Latin-percussion-spiced production, the tight time limits, and all with often brilliantly tasty guitar fills and brief solos in many styles and three reverb-heavy vocals. The most attractive - and most frustrating - track is Eumir Deodato's lovely "Jackie, All"; George states the tune twice and just as he starts a beautiful solo, the faders go down at the 2:15 mark! Damn. Worth hearing despite the long production knives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602517808102
  • Catalog Number: 001195602
  • Sales rank: 254,598

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Pacheco Percussion, Conga
Sonny Fortune Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Joe Henderson Saxophone
Hubert Laws Reeds, Saxophone, Woodwind
Jerome Richardson Flute, Reeds, Saxophone, Woodwind
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Marty Sheller Conductor
Paul Alicea Percussion
Angel Allende Percussion, Conga
Bob Bushnell Bass, Electric Bass
Arthur "Babe"Clarke Saxophone
Don Sebesky Conductor
Joe Farrell Reeds, Saxophone, Woodwind
Jim Fielder Bass
Rodgers Grant Piano
Leo Morris Drums
Bobby Porcelli Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Richard Tee Piano
Jerry Jemmott Bass, Electric Bass
Jerry Dodgion Flute
Technical Credits
George Benson Contributor
George Davis Composer
Marty Sheller Arranger
Henry Cosby Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Creed Taylor Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Lee Diamond Composer
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