The George Benson Cookbook

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The second of Benson's John Hammond-produced albums is far and away the superior of the pair, mixing down-to-basics, straight-ahead jazz with soul-drenched grooving. Suddenly Benson's backup group - same as that of Uptown, with Benny Green added on trombone now and then - has found its bearings and apropos to the title, they can cook, even sizzle. The effect upon Benson's own playing is striking; with something to react against, his sheer ability to swing advances into the realm of awesome. The rapid-fire work on "The Cooker" and "Ready And Able" will make you gasp. Only one vocal here, an exuberant "All Of Me." [In mid-2001 Columbia/Legacy reissued this 1966 classic,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The second of Benson's John Hammond-produced albums is far and away the superior of the pair, mixing down-to-basics, straight-ahead jazz with soul-drenched grooving. Suddenly Benson's backup group - same as that of Uptown, with Benny Green added on trombone now and then - has found its bearings and apropos to the title, they can cook, even sizzle. The effect upon Benson's own playing is striking; with something to react against, his sheer ability to swing advances into the realm of awesome. The rapid-fire work on "The Cooker" and "Ready And Able" will make you gasp. Only one vocal here, an exuberant "All Of Me." [In mid-2001 Columbia/Legacy reissued this 1966 classic, along with It's Uptown, recorded only several months earlier. Four bonus tracks include a previously unreleased doo wop vocal rendition of Little Willie John's "Let Them Talk" and two Benson originals that are pure rock-n-roll: "The Man from Toledo" and "Goodnight." Two of the bonus cuts are preceded by control-booth comments from the session's legendary producer, John Hammond.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972384320
  • Catalog Number: 723843
  • Sales rank: 45,717

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cooker (4:18)
  2. 2 Benny's Back (4:10)
  3. 3 Bossa Rocka (4:20)
  4. 4 All of Me (2:04)
  5. 5 Farm Boy (4:40)
  6. 6 Benson's Rider (5:35)
  7. 7 Bayou (3:32)
  8. 8 Borgia Stick (2:40)
  9. 9 Return of the Prodigal Son (2:38)
  10. 10 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (6:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Elvira Rios Track Performer
Marion Booker Drums
Bennie Green Trombone
Jimmy Lovelace Drums
Ray Lucas Drums
Dr. Lonnie Smith Organ
Technical Credits
George Benson Composer
Lester Young Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
María Mendez Grever Contributor
Gonzalo Curiel Contributor
Gabriel Ruíz Contributor
Austin Lara Contributor
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