Recording live at Los Angeles' Roxy club -- then a showcase for many of the hottest acts in pop -- was just the tonic that George Benson and his Breezin' band needed on this often jumping album. With unusually lively crowds (for a record-industry watering hole) shouting encouragement, the band gets deep into the four-on-the-floor funk and Benson digs in hard, his rhythmic instincts on guitar sharp as ever. The balance between vocals and instrumentals is about even -- George's voice sounds more throaty and soul-oriented than before -- and amid the new material, there is a revisit to a favored CTI-era instrumental, the lovely "Ode to a Kudu." This album also introduced "On Broadway," an extended stomping version of the Drifters' hit that would become Benson's climactic showstopper for years. The only superfluous element is the after-the-fact addition of Nick DeCaro's string synthesizer backdrop; the real Claus Ogerman-arranged thing would have been preferable if strings are a must.
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Performance CreditsGeorge Benson Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jorge Dalto Piano,Keyboards
Ronnie Foster Synthesizer,Keyboards
Phil Upchurch Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Stanley Banks Bass
Harvey Mason Drums
Technical CreditsLalo Schifrin Composer
George Benson Composer
Gale Garnett Composer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
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