The Best of George Benson Live

The Best of George Benson Live

by George Benson


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The Best of George Benson Live

Recorded live at Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Ireland, in 2000, these ten tracks are pleasant re-workings of guitarist and vocalist George Benson's jazz-pop hits of the '70s. To his credit, Benson isn't just a human jukebox re-creating well-known songs and sidestepping any spontaneity that derives from a live performance. For instance, his band, which includes keyboardist Joe Sample, gets to stretch out a bit, showing off their improvisational skills on "This Masquerade," "On Broadway," and particularly on Sample's "Deeper Than You Think." Alongside his seven-member group, Benson employs the BBC Big Band and musicians from the Ulster Orchestra who provide a real lushness that enhances the music instead of utilizing the cheesy synthesizer strings that often marred some of his work in the '80s and '90s. Fans of Benson's early sessions for Columbia or A&M may not rush out to purchase this, but those who favor Breezin' will find some pleasant moments here.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2005
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0602498843536
catalogNumber: 000531302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Joe Sample   Piano
Stanley Banks   Bass
Michael O'Neill   Guitar,Vocals
Michael White   Drums
David Witham   Piano,Musical Direction
Thom Hall   Keyboards
Dia Saucedo   Percussion,Vocals
Dio Saucedo   Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Joe Sample   Composer
Bill Champlin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Leroy Hutson   Composer
Pul Cunliffe   Engineer
Steve Lukather   Composer
Schmitt   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Stoller   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
John Taylor   Engineer
Alexander Tucker   Engineer
Tim Rhodes   Engineer
Dave Crown Shaw   Engineer

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