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2011 release from the Grammy-winning Jazz legend. The album includes a mix of Jazz and Pop standards - some in a combo setting and some solo, but all of them tied together seamlessly by Benson's soulful and exploratory signature sound. Lending a hand on this recording is a solid team made up of veterans and newcomers alike - pianist Joe Sample, keyboardist and musical director David Garfield, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Harvey Mason.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B005F6NA5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I own every record, cassette,cd he has ever recorded.
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Highly recommend this if you like guitar, jazz, or just want to experience a legend doing his thang!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Four and a half SPLENDID Stars. Ten-time Grammy-winning jazz guitar legend George Benson serves up wide-ranging, wonderful renditions of mostly pop, rock, and R&B standards that are delivered in the prime Benson mode of suave vocals, dazzling solo guitar pieces which are marvels of virtuosity, and cohesive group performances which are inventive, funky, and hard-swinging. The 'best of the best' begins with 'Tenderly": a lovely swirling guitar solo with fiery runs that pleads the case for a Benson solo guitar recording. Coltrane's "Naima" begins as a blazing solo guitar exposition that becomes a quartet excursion, with a great David Garfield piano solo. A hard-swinging "Tequila" recalls Wes Montgomery but with those distinctive Benson note clusters and overtones, with a hard backbeat from drummer Harvey Mason and telling interlude from bassist Ben Williams. A beautiful, funky rendition of Rod Temperton's "The Lady In My Life" will remind many of the "Thriller"-era Michael Jackson. A fantastic "Danny Boy" is a distinctive solo with enough grace notes, pizzazz, and pacing to avoid any melancholy, as Benson alludes to multiple guitars. "Since I Fell For You" and "My One and Only Love" are beautifully sung with Joe Sample on piano on the latter. A vamping "Fingerlero" is in the prime-time jazz area code with Benson doing the head and solo in his virturally patented voice/guitar unison manner with Sample soloing inventively on piano. Entering his 6th decade of excellence with over 30 recordings to his credit, George Benson gives us a wonderfully enjoyable recording that had me hitting the repeat button. Encore, Mr Benson! Highly Recommended. Four and a half DYNAMIC Stars! (Based on an mp3 download of 12 tracks; Total time: ~43m:22s)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Les Blachut on October 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
So you looked at my rating and scratched your head or even got really angry and yelled: How dare you? (OK! so it's really four and a half.) The reason I dared to do what I did is simple. The overwhelming dominance of 5-star customer reviews for everything that George Benson ever recorded makes me wonder what it would take for some of those reviewers to ever rate something less than five stars... It must be nice to live in a world where everything is perfect. Undeniably this album is perfect when it comes to the production detail and the technical quality of recording but... when it comes to the choice of repertoire it fails at least twice. Listen to the 1971 White Rabbit (a take on the Jefferson Airplane's repertoire) for example and compare. A ground-breaking visionary recording versus conservation and some recycling. Sorry to say but "My One and Only Love" sounds to me like a cheap imitation of the Coltrane/Hartman's version and so does " Since I Fell For You" of the Al Jarreau's version. "Don't Know Why" is a better take maybe because it's not sung and also it's not an exact copy of the overplayed original. In general all solo guitar and small group tracks come off better than the production numbers with an exception of "Fingerlero" which I thoroughly enjoyed mostly because it had lots of new unexpected twists and turns in Benson's signature sing-n-play unison lines. This album will certainly please every smooth jazz fan on the planet but may not be as satisfying to the ears of those who know George Benson as an explorer of new sounds and a pioneer of the soul-jazz guitar we used to hear on CTI, Verve, Blue Note and Columbia.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have my own thoughts. But only George Benson knows how he can do what he does all these years and still have that great batting average in terms of the quality. After his previous album Songs & Stories,which by the high I very very highly recommend I don't know if I had many expectations there would be another album by him for awhile. In all honesty this came as something of a surprise. When I found out it was a collection of standards I wondered if it would be a cliched project. Well that lasted for one second when I realize that THIS WAS GEORGE BENSON WE'RE TALKING ABOUT! And his abilities as an interpretive musician are more than well documented on projects such as his 1969 release Other Side of Abbey Road. Not only that I was delighted to see the song choices he made-realizing there are now many generations of standards to cover,not just one and even including new ones from after the turn of the millennium. By setting the songs up this way he helps us realize that quality music still exists out there. And in HIS hands? Well I'll tell you!

True it's really hard to lose anytime Paul Jackson,Joe Sample,Harvey Mason and Lenny Castro get involved. But this an amazing session. The sound quality is particularly strong! Even though some songs feature either solo performances or a different array of personnel producer John Burk really let go on this one,allowing the production to be wide open and crisp even as Benson makes a killing across amazingly re harmonized solo guitar pieces such as "Tenderly" and "Danny Boy",two highlights.
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