George Benson Anthology

George Benson Anthology

by George Benson
     
 

Guitarist and singer George Benson has carved out a special niche for himself by balancing one foot in the world of jazz improvisation and the other in the province of the entertainment business. This double CD set captures highlights from both aspects of his multi-dimensional career. All the hits are here -- "This Masquerade," "Give Me the Night, " "Turn Your Love… See more details below

Overview

Guitarist and singer George Benson has carved out a special niche for himself by balancing one foot in the world of jazz improvisation and the other in the province of the entertainment business. This double CD set captures highlights from both aspects of his multi-dimensional career. All the hits are here -- "This Masquerade," "Give Me the Night, " "Turn Your Love Around," "The Greatest Love of All," and "Breezin'" among them -- polished performances that spotlight Benson's mellifluous vocal phrasing and timbre. Benson's spectacular jazz guitar playing is also given its due throughout. A nice chunk of the first disc is devoted to Benson's early years as a jazz instrumentalist on Prestige, Columbia, and CTI Records in the 1960s and '70s. Even the second disc, which concentrates on Benson's post "This Masquerade" breakthrough as a singer, doesn't ignore his guitar talents ("Mimosa," with legendary organist Jimmy Smith; a brilliant unaccompanied "Tenderly"; "Mt. Airy Road," a smooth encounter with Earl Klugh; a swinging "Ready Now that You Are" with Count Basie's orchestra), or his jazzier vocalizing ("Moody's Mood"). And of course there's plenty of Benson's trademark guitar-scat vocal interplay highlighting even some of the most commercial of tracks.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
George Benson's two-disc Anthology from Rhino ultimately manages to encapsulate Benson's career. These 32 tracks not only highlight the obligatory vocal pop hits "Turn Your Love Around," "Give Me the Night," and "On Broadway," but dish out a heavy dose of his early jazz recordings that followed in the footsteps of Wes Montgomery, and his many appearances throughout the years with Brother Jack Mcduff, Lonnie Smith, Hubert Laws, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Smith, Earl Klugh, and the Count Basie Orchestra. If you're only accustomed to Benson's pop/jazz crossover work, check out this definitive overview.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227993429
catalogNumber:
79934

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Shadow Dancers  -  Brother Jack McDuff Quartet
  2. Ain't That Peculiar  - George Benson
  3. A Foggy Day  - George Benson
  4. Ready 'N Able  - Lonnie Smith
  5. What's New?  - George Benson
  6. Chattanooga Choo Choo  - George Benson
  7. White Rabbit  - George Benson
  8. Summertime  - Hubert Laws
  9. Breezin'  - George Benson
  10. This Masquerade  - George Benson
  11. Shark Bite  - George Benson
  12. Nature Boy  - George Benson
  13. Greatest Love of All  - George Benson
  14. On Broadway  - George Benson
  15. We All Remember Wes  - George Benson

Disc 2

  1. Love Ballad  - George Benson
  2. Off Broadway  - George Benson
  3. Moody's Mood  - George Benson
  4. Give Me the Night  - George Benson
  5. Turn Your Love Around  - George Benson
  6. Love All the Hurt Away  - George Benson
  7. Mimosa  - Jimmy Smith
  8. Being with You  - George Benson
  9. 20/20  - George Benson
  10. New Day  - George Benson
  11. Kisses in the Moonlight  - George Benson
  12. MT. Airy Road  - Earl Klugh
  13. Let's Do It Again  - George Benson
  14. Tenderly  - George Benson
  15. Ready Now That You Are  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  16. The Long and Winding Road  - George Benson
  17. C-Smooth  - George Benson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Pacheco   Conga
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Aretha Franklin   Vocals
James Taylor   Background Vocals
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Ron Carter   Bass
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Jorge Dalto   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Ronnie Foster   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Electric Piano
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Klugh   Acoustic Guitar,Classical Guitar
Hubert Laws   Flute,Woodwind
Rob Mounsey   Synclavier
Ricky Peterson   Synthesizer,Vibes
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Piccolo
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone
George Young   Flute
Grady Tate   Drums
Phil Upchurch   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Audrey Wheeler   Background Vocals
David Foster   Synthesizer
Jay Berliner   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals
Marcy Levy   Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion,Triangle
Gene Page   Synthesizer
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Montego Joe   Drums
Stan Webb   Flute
Ronnie Boykins   Bass
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Vocals
Sekou Bunch   Electric Guitar
Gloria Agostini   Harpsichord
Alex Al   Bass
Jocelyn Allen   Background Vocals
Wayne Andre   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Ray Armando   Percussion
Rich Aronson   Synthesizer
Tom Bahler   Background Vocals
Mike Baird   Cymbals
Stanley Banks   Bass
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion,finger cymbals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Marion Booker   Drums
Robbie Buchanan   Electric Piano
James Buffington   French Horn
Ralph Burnes   Conductor
Marvin Chapell   Drums
Wells Christy   Synclavier
Claus Ogerman   Conductor
John Clayton   Conductor
Billy Cobham   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Charles Covington   Organ
Eddie Daniels   Alto Saxophone
Melvin Davis   Keyboards
Wayne Dockery   Bass
Bernard Eichen   Violin
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Frank Foster   Guitar,Tenor Saxophone
John Frosk   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Gadd   Drums
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Preston Glass   Synthesizer
David Glasser   Alto Saxophone
Venette Gloud   Background Vocals
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway   Cymbals
Randy Goodrum   Synthesizer
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Jay Graydon   Synthesizer,Guitar
Johnny Griggs   Percussion
Gary Herbig   Flute,Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Strings,Trumpet
Lee Holdridge   Conductor
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Saxophone
Bill Inglot   Sounds
Paul Jackson   Rhythm Guitar
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Jack Jennings   Vibes
Louis Johnson   Bass
Phil Kraus   Vibes
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Will Lee   Bass
Wayne Lewis   Keyboards
Charles Libove   Violin
Jimmy Lovelace   Drums
Buddy Lucas   Harmonica,Saxophone
Ray Lucas   Drums
Mike Mainieri   Conductor
Dave Mankovitz   Viola
George Marge   Flute,Woodwind
Marty Paich   Conductor
Harvey Mason   Drums
Marcus Miller   Bass
Leo Morris   Drums
Andy Newmark   Drums
Bob Ojeda   Trumpet
David Paich   Synthesizer Bass
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Romeo Penque   Flute,Woodwind
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Alan Raph   Trombone,Tuba
George Ricci   Cello
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Lil John Roberts   Drums
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Lonnie Smith   Organ
Jimmy Smith   Organ,Synthesizer,Strings
Jane Taylor   Woodwind
Richard Tee   Synthesizer Bass
Carlos Vega   Drums
Randy Waldman   Synthesizer
Dave Weckl   Cymbals
Michael White   Drums
Cecil Womack   Guitar,Background Vocals
Linda Womack   Background Vocals
Mark Stevens   Background Vocals
Genobia Jeter   Background Vocals
Joe Shepley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andy Bloch   Guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Jai Winding   Piano,Electric Piano
Clifford Carter   Keyboards
Carmen Twilley   Background Vocals
Dechown Jenkens   Rhythm Guitar
Dave Lewis   Guitar,Synthesizer Bass
Frank Martin   Synthesizer
Stanley MacDonald   Bass
Larry Williams   Flute,Saxophone
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Producer
Bobby Womack   Composer
George Benson   Engineer
Quincy Jones   Producer,rhythm arrangement
James Moody   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Steve Kipner   drum programming,Sequencers
Rich Aronson   Programming
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Paul Brown   Producer
Ralph Burnes   String Arrangements
Claus Ogerman   Orchestral Arrangements
John Clayton   Arranger
Earl Cohen   Engineer
Nick DeCaro   String Arrangements
Sam Dees   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Lew Futterman   Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Preston Glass   Composer,drum programming
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway   Simmons
Randy Goodrum   drum programming,Sequencers
Jay Graydon   Arranger,Producer
Walter Gross   Composer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
David Hewitt   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Lee Holdridge   Orchestration
Gary Ladinsky   Engineer
Michael Landy   Engineer
Rhett Lawrence   Programming
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Wayne Lewis   Producer,drum programming
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Mike Mainieri   Orchestration
Michael Mancini   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Marty Paich   String Arrangements
Tony May   Engineer
Narada Michael Walden   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Marcus Miller   rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
David Rideau   Engineer
Steve Rinkoff   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Russell Schmitt   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Jeremy Smith   Engineer
Jimmy Smith   Composer
Lola Smith   Producer
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Rod Temperton   rhythm arrangement
Russ Titelman   Producer
Jeff Toone   Engineer
Val Valentin   Engineer
David Frazer   Engineer
A. Scott Galloway   Producer,Liner Notes
Thom Wilson   Engineer
Peter Darmi   Engineer
Caroline Greyshock   Cover Photo
Maria DeGrassi-Colosimo   Art Direction
Clifford Carter   drum programming
Dechown Jenkens   Arranger
John Venable   Engineer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Dennis Turner   Executive Producer
Dave Lewis   Producer,drum programming
Kwaku Alston   Digital Photography
Robert C. Benson   Programming
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Daniel Hersch   Remastering
Warren Moore   Composer
J. Smith   Composer
Jeffrey Cohen   Composer

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