Wednesday, November 16, 2011

George Benson - Jazz Moods: Hot (2004)

George Benson - Jazz Moods: Hot (2004)
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Genre ~ Pop-Jazz, Soul | Label ~ SONY/Columbia

George Benson is a unique figure in jazz, considered by many to be one of the best bebop-influenced guitarists since Wes Montgomery, while, simultaneously, loved by smooth jazz and pop fans for hits such as "On Broadway," and "This Masquerade," two songs that also feature his vocals. This "Jazz Moods" disc concentrates on Benson's instrumental side, though he does sing on the last track, "Hold on I'm Comin'." On this 10-track collection of tunes, mostly taken from his 1970s catalog, Benson funks up standards such as "Take Five" and "Take the 'A' Train," and offers extended jams on Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'." Additionally, he turns in smoking hot, swinging versions of Miles Davis's "So What" and Benson's own composition, "Clockwise." Benson's blazing solos on these songs reminds listeners why he is so worshipped by fans and fellow guitarists worldwide. ~Cd_Universe

01. White Rabbit (6:56)
02. Body Talk (8:20)
03. Take Five (7:06)
04. Old Devil Moon (9:24)
05. Theme from Good King Bad (5:57)
06. California Dreamin' (7:20)
07. Take the "A" Train (4:14)
08. So What (9:19)
09. Clockwise (4:27)
10. Hold On I'm Comin' (5:43)

George Benson - guitars & vocals (on #10) with collective personnel (Compilation CD)

Recorded between 1966-2002
Compilation produced by Richard Seidel
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Music Studios, New York
Legacy A&R: Steve Berkowitz
Project Director: Seth Rothstein
A&R Coordination: Stacey Boyle
Art Direction: Dave Bett
Cover photography by Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos
Painting: Michael Gillette