Standing Together

Standing Together

by George Benson

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Standing Together

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/1998
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105990622
catalogNumber: 9906

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   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   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   Trombone
Luisito Quintero   Percussion
Gerald McCauley   Keyboards
Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Dechown Jenkens   Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Peseetto   Background Vocals
Carlos Henríquez   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
"Little" Louie Vega   Composer,Producer
Kenny Dope   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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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS SONG IS BEAUTIFUL AND SOULFUL, BUY THE ALBUM, THE FIRST SONG C-SMOOTH IS THE BEST.