White Rabbit

White Rabbit

by George Benson


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White Rabbit

For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such. The idea works best on "California Dreamin'" (whose chords are based on Andalusian harmonies), where, driven by Jay Berliner's exciting Spanish rhythm guitar, Benson comes through with some terrifically inspired playing. On "El Mar," Berliner is replaced by Benson's protégé Earl Klugh (then only 17) in an inauspicious -- though at the time, widely-heralded -- recorded debut. The title track is another winner, marred only by the out-of-tune brasses at the close, and in a good example of the CTI classical/jazz formula at work, Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Little Train of the Caipira" is given an attractive early-'70s facelift. Herbie Hancock gets plenty of nimble solo space on Rhodes electric piano, Airto Moreira contributes percussion and atmospheric wordless vocals, and Ron Carter and Billy Cobham complete the high-energy rhythm section. In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886977847721
catalogNumber: 778477

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar
Phil Bodner   Flute,Alto Flute,English Horn,Oboe
Ron Carter   Bass
Herbie Hancock   Electric Piano
Earl Klugh   Acoustic Guitar
Hubert Laws   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Soloist
Jay Berliner   Acoustic Guitar
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Vocals
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Wayne Andre   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Billy Cobham   Drums
John Frosk   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Phil Kraus   Percussion
George Marge   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,English Horn,Oboe
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,English Horn,Oboe
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jane Taylor   Bassoon
Jim Buffington   French Horn

Technical Credits

Heitor Villa-Lobos   Composer
Grace Slick   Composer
George Benson   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Michelle Phillips   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Richard Seidel   Reissue Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Pete Turner   Cover Photo

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