The Essential George Benson

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Essential George Benson covers 28 years and spans two discs, so it lives up to its claim of having the widest scope of all the Benson compilations that surfaced before it. While it's impressive that Columbia/Legacy didn't merely mine Columbia and CTI dates, and licensed material from Warner Bros. and Prestige as well the brief Verve period is unrepresented, you could also say that the label also spread itself thin, with several crucial moments in Benson's career unable to fit. If Columbia/Legacy were honest, they'd position this as more of a sampler with a few curve balls. No matter what era you prefer, you're going to come up short, and it's not as if most people who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Essential George Benson covers 28 years and spans two discs, so it lives up to its claim of having the widest scope of all the Benson compilations that surfaced before it. While it's impressive that Columbia/Legacy didn't merely mine Columbia and CTI dates, and licensed material from Warner Bros. and Prestige as well the brief Verve period is unrepresented, you could also say that the label also spread itself thin, with several crucial moments in Benson's career unable to fit. If Columbia/Legacy were honest, they'd position this as more of a sampler with a few curve balls. No matter what era you prefer, you're going to come up short, and it's not as if most people who are curious about Benson are going to be open-minded enough to appreciate both "Clockwise" and the vastly different "Give Me the Night." Some of the surprise selections, which almost outnumber the obvious ones, include an alternate take of "Ode to a Kudu," "Hip Skip" from Tony Williams' late-'70s Joy of Flying, "Rock Candy" from Brother Jack McDuff Live!, and "Paraphernalia" a bizarre pick for any form of anthology, from Miles Davis' Miles in the Sky. Even casual fans won't have to think too hard about essential cuts that aren't here -- "Durham's Turn," "Nature Boy," "The World Is a Ghetto," "Love X Love," and on and on, but the majority of what's here cannot be challenged. This is a way to begin -- not wrap up -- your fascination with Benson. It is representative of the breadth of his career from 1963 through 1980, but it could have just as easily been done a dozen other ways. The sound is vibrant, and Benson's track-by-track commentary adds a nice touch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998521520
  • Catalog Number: 85215
  • Sales rank: 67,094

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock Candy - Jack McDuff (6:12)
  2. 2 Shadow Dancers (4:45)
  3. 3 Clockwise (4:28)
  4. 4 Willow Weep for Me (7:48)
  5. 5 A Foggy Day (2:41)
  6. 6 The Borgia Stick (3:09)
  7. 7 Paraphernalia - Miles Davis (12:38)
  8. 8 Sugar - Stanley Turrentine (10:05)
  9. 9 So What (9:19)
  10. 10 Ode to a Kudu (4:41)
  11. 11 California Dreamin' (7:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 White Rabbit (6:56)
  2. 2 Body Talk (8:22)
  3. 3 Take Five (7:07)
  4. 4 Summertime (6:05)
  5. 5 Breezin' (5:21)
  6. 6 This Masquerade (8:04)
  7. 7 On Broadway (10:10)
  8. 8 Give Me the Night (5:02)
  9. 9 Hip Skip - Tony Williams (8:07)
  10. 10 Gotham City - Dexter Gordon (9:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Interviewee
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Baritone Horn, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass, Upright Bass
Ronnie Cuber Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jorge Dalto Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Soloist
Miles Davis Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Ronnie Foster Keyboards, Electric Piano, Mini Moog
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Jan Hammer Keyboards
Herbie Hancock Piano, Electric Piano
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Earl Klugh Guitar
Hubert Laws Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Liston Smith Organ, Electric Piano
Cedar Walton Piano
Tony Williams Drums
Warren Covington Trombone
Phil Upchurch Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joe Dukes Drums
Jay Berliner Acoustic Guitar
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Jocelyn Brown Background Vocals
Percy Heath Bass
Ronnie Boykins Bass
Airto Moreira Percussion, Vocals
Gloria Agostini Harp
Wayne Andre Trombone, Baritone Horn
Tom Bahler Background Vocals
Stanley Banks Bass
Seymour Barab Cello
Kenny Barron Piano
Ray Beckinstein Clarinet, Flute, English Horn
Art Blakey Drums
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Garnett Brown Trombone
Claus Ogerman Conductor
Billy Cobham Drums
Butch Cornell Organ
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
John Frosk Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Gadd Drums
John Gatchell Trumpet
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Dick Griffin Trombone
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Kim Hutchcroft Saxophone
Paul Jackson Bass
Billy Kaye Drums
Gary King Bass
Phil Kraus Percussion, Vibes
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Richard Landrum Conga
Will Lee Bass
Jesse Levy Cello
Jimmy Lovelace Drums
Harold Mabern Electric Piano
George Marge Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, English Horn, Oboe
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Charles McCracken Cello
Jack McDuff Organ
Clarence Palmer Organ
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, English Horn, Oboe
Waymon Reed Trumpet
Albert Regni Clarinet, Flute, English Horn
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Margaret Ross Harp
Alan Rubin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alan Shulman Cello
Dr. Lonnie Smith Organ
Jane Taylor Bassoon
Richard Tee Synthesizer Bass
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
Gerald Chamberlain Trombone
Paul Tobias Cello
Frank Levy Cello
Joe Shepley Trumpet
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Tony Ruption Williams Drums
Jim Buffington French Horn
Larry E. Williams Flute
Mongego Joe Drums
Technical Credits
Leon Russell Composer
George Benson Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Dexter Gordon Composer
Quincy Jones Producer
Stanley Turrentine Composer
Pee Wee Ellis Arranger
Dave Matthews String Arrangements
Claus Ogerman Orchestral Arrangements
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Jim Fishel Producer
Lew Futterman Producer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
James Isaacs Interviewer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Teo Macero Producer
Peter Paul Producer
J.C. Phillips Composer
M. Phillips Composer
Vernon Smith Tray Photo
Creed Taylor Producer
Rod Temperton Vocal Arrangements
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Tony Ruption Williams Producer
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
B.E. Mann Composer
John F. Hammond Producer
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