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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Cti
  • ASIN: B003QBETZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Cti CTI-8009: White Rabbit by George Benson

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I suggest anyone who is a jazz enthusiast should purchase.
byron williams
Assisting Benson are some pretty heavyweights .......Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Airto and Billy Cobham.
James W. Unger
He reminds me of Wes Montgomery and other great guitar players.
r&b music forever

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. F. Breur on April 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This record has remained one of my all time favourites for almost two decades now. It's of the rare (say, pre Breezin') quality that has made GB infamous for life. The compositions are built up and orchestrated fantastically. The recording sessions must have been one of those rare occasions where everything was in place at just the right moment, right there. Often, when I play it in the morning, I'll keep hearing it all through the day, catching myself humming along. Absolutely superb!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on April 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've owned White Rabbit in some form or another since being introduced to George Benson's music via the smash hit Breezin' in the mid-70s, and it has remained a favorite ever since.
As ever, Benson serves up an eclectic stew of musical styles. Every cut is a masterpiece. The CD begins with a rousing version of Jefferson Airplane's hippie anthem, White Rabbit. Then it segues into a laid-back interpretation of the great French jazz composer Michel LeGrand's Theme From "Summer of 42". This is followed by an energetic rendering of Brazilian classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobo's Little Train.
But the best songs on the CD are saved until last. Here George Benson turns in a blistering 7+ minute rendition of the Mamas and Papas' California Dreaming that is sure to blow you away. Finally, this all-too-short masterpiece closes with El Mar, a Benson-composed, Spanish-tinged epic that features a blossoming young Earl Klugh on acoustic guitar.
It doesn't matter that there were aspects of this album that Benson didn't like, what matters is whether or not his fans like it, and I've never played it for anyone who wasn't spellbound by it.
For me, this is great morning music. There is nothing like kicking back on the patio in the cool morning air, watching the world awaken, with a hot cup of java in my hands and White Rabbit in my ears. Do yourself a favor and buy this today.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brad D. Gregory on February 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on vinyl in 1976 and it's still one of my favorite all time albums. The recording is incredibly clean, the songs are great, and the playing is fantastic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beatlenik on November 10, 2011
Format: Audio CD
George Benson was an extremely young superstar on jazz guitar, recording his first single with RCA Victor in New York at the tender age of 10 years old! From there, his name appears in a jazz Who's Who of some of the biggest names in the industry culminating with Miles Davis. He was also a protégé of Wes Montgomery who's influence is written all over Benson's work ever since, even easily recognizable on his 80's "pop" albums. George was one of the handful of A&M artists under the wing of Creed Taylor who Creed took over to his new label CTI Jazz and under this new label, George made some of his best recordings ever. A month after The Beatles released Abbey Road (September 1969), George went into the studio and in only two weeks (October 22nd to November 5th) he recorded an incredible and amazing "tribute" to the album, the fusion masterpiece THE OTHER SIDE OF ABBEY ROAD (released early 1970). This album was my personal introduction to George Benson, to modern jazz music in general, and to CTI with whom I would have a loving relationship for many years! Based entirely upon the love for that album, and with a little help from seeing "White Rabbit" and "California Dreamin'" on the track listing, it was so very easy to want to pick WHITE RABBIT up as soon as it came out. I had even signed up as a member-fan of the CTI Jazz Club and received newsletters for upcoming releases!

I was by no means a jazz neophyte, my father was a huge big band audiophile and he strayed often into the worlds of bop, especially Bird and Brubeck, so an elementary introduction to the new moguls of the fusion movements was accomplished quickly thanks to the help of CTI Records which I found myself partaking of part and parcel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By peter miller on April 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I would rate California Dreamin and White Rabbit as good as any
jazz songs i've ever heard. year after year they still ring true.with herbie hancock, earl clugh, airto, hubert laws and billy cobbam on board for this recording you can't miss.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P.J. Le Faucheur on August 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
George Benson himself recently said in an interview just how he hated the cover. Being a devoutly religious man himself he didn't like the inference made of a black man (who many wrongfully mistook for George himself) with his face covered in heroin.("White Rabbit" being another slang for the substance). Being a fairly innocent chap he just liked the tune and decided to cover it completely ignorant of the deeper significances . I can fully sympathise with his view because the pic gives me the creeps!!
However.. the music, thankfully , is gorgeous.The overall theme on this album is strongly Latin. Everywhere from the opening flamenco tinged intro to the title tune, wonderfully added by the phenomenal Earl Klugh, right to "Little Train of Capira" the laid back,Spanish tones can be heard.
It reminds me of a guitar version of one of Miles Davis's more commercial Spanish influenced albums ("Siesta" for example).
George's version of Michel Legrands "Summer of '42" was the main reason i bought this album in 1975. Benson puts so much feeling & empathy into the romantic phrases that once again the listener is bathed in a warm glow. George's guitar literally speaks to you. Very few guitarists have this talent. Wes Montgomery had it.
Hats off to Earl Klugh on this whole project. His acoustic guitar sets the scene even further. The album would never have had the same effect without his presence.
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