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Witchcraft

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Audio CD, May 9, 1995
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. There Will Never Be Another You
  2. Love for Sale
  3. Lil' Darlin'
  4. All Blues
  5. Witchcraft
  6. Oleo


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 1995)
  • Label: Jazz Hour (Net)
  • ASIN: B000003DGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Benson has gone through various periods in his life. He started singing as a young child, took up guitar, became a jazz singer as well, then he did the worst thing possible: "Smooth Jazz" with the likes of Kenny G. (ugh). I didn't buy any of his albums for a long time, but I thought I'd give this one a try. He's the George Benson, whose jazz guitar I knew & loved.

There are two discs on this outing & he plays like the George Benson I loved to hear: For those of youm who like to know the tunes, I'll list them.

Disc 1
1 Witchcraft Coleman, Leigh 10:55
2 Blue Bossa Dorham 10:49
3 All Blues Davis 12:34
4 Love Walked in Gershwin, Gershwin 6:48
5 Love for Sale Porter 14:00

Disc 2

1 Invitation Kaper, Webster 11:54
2 Lil' Darlin Hefti 11:09
3 The Masquerade Is Over Magidson, Wrubel 9:12
4 Darlin' Delight 14:45
5 Oleo Rollins 10:26

If you like jazz guitar, you'll love this one. Highly recommended.
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Witchcraft and/or All Blues are stereo recorded live in a small venue with a very quiet (for the most part respectfully silent with occasionally light applause for solos) audience. Recorded at the Casa Caribe Club, Plainfield, NJ, in April 1973, these recordings which made several off brand label releases (The Jazz Hour, Prestige, Bianco), were mainly released in Europe and were never a part of George Benson’s “official” catalogue discography, making them something close to but not quite bootleg albums. They are easiest to find in Used record/CD stores or in jazz music stores.

What you find here is awesome jazz recordings, true jazz, in the manner of early Benson, even preceding his CTI days. Al Harewood on drums and Mickey Tucker on piano shine right alongside of Benson in a terrific display of nightclub improvisations which are modestly well captured on stereo microphones, the old fashioned way. Most of this music is very Brubeck in style and approach, as with the title Miles Davis tune. This is definitely lo-fi, void of any superficial polish and what you get is the real deal folks, the true raw talent that is George Benson, right at the pinnacle of his success as a jazz guitarist.

I started with Benson because of The Beatles. A few weeks, literally, after the release of Abbey Road, George, under the auspices of his contract with Creed Taylor at A&M recorded and released The Other Side Of Abbey Road as a magnificent tribute to The Fab Four, and how well their music could be interpreted in jazz. This led me to CTI which was formed shortly after that, and I became a stalwart fan of all the CTI masters, Deodato, George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Hubert Laws, Airto, Nina Simone, the amazing Wes Montgomery, and many others.
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By 1stVideo on September 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
1. Witchcraft 2. Love Walked In 3. All Things You Are 4. Invitation 5. Lil' Darlin' 6. Oleo 7. Darlin's Delight 8. Blue Bossa
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