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George Benson - Baddest cat in the universe


Billster

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Think about it.

 

The hard bop early stuff/disciple of Wes.

Practically invented "smooth jazz" (You can't blame him if the folks who came after him perverted the term).

He can sing like that, too.

Great selection of material.

 

George Benson - Baddest cat in the universe.

 

Think about it.

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Wonderful talent, great player! He always seems to choose the least demanding material to my tastes though - no I'll take that back - he makes the most demanding music sound smooth and easy. If music is a mixture of the familiar and the surprising; his albums always lean towards the former for me.

 

I would love to hear him in a context where he played a little more 'on the edge'. I wonder what would have happened if he hadn't turned down the chance to join Miles' band (if I remember correctly).

 

Still, he communicates to a wide range of people, his music is always soulful and he's a wonderful singer.

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Originally posted by Phil W:

Billster,

Which are the definitive George Benson CDs for his guitar playing, in your opinion?

I've been hearing a lot of "Body Talk" (college radio jazz program) from the recent "Essential" collection, and I have "Bad Benson" on heavy rotation in the car this week. Pretty much anything that pre-dates "Breezin'" is gonna be hot stuff. The stuff on CTI.

 

White Rabbit

Other Side of Abbey Road

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Listening to Breezin is like taking a walk back in time. You will remember that music and how it was everywhere you went.

So cool

 

I flip it on an jam about with George from time to time and because of the familiarity need not think to play your way through.

I still think guitars are like shoes, but louder.

 

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Originally posted by Phil W:

Wonderful talent, great player! He always seems to choose the least demanding material to my tastes though - no I'll retake that - he makes the most demanding music sound smooth and easy. If music is a mixture of the familiar and the surprising; his albums always lean towards the former for me.

 

I would love to hear him in a context where he played a little more 'on the edge'. I wonder what would have happened if he hadn't turned down the chance to join Miles' band (if I remeber correctly).

 

Still, he comunicates to a wide range of people, his music is always soulful and he's a wonderful singer.

He sounds very familiar unless you are listening closely.
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That guy is a huge guitar talent, but I'd say if you want to hear mostly great guitar playing, then navigate his releases carefully or you might get a earload of slick EZ listening vocal tunes (blech).

 

I had some kind of "best of" the early Riverside years CD of his that included some great straight ahead jazz instrumentals - no singing dating back to the 60's before he was a singing star, and that's the coolest stuff IMO.

 

The vocal material, depending on which era, tends to be shmaltzy/cornball/slick disco/fuzak. yuck.

 

And that goes for the Golden Slumbers clip I've heard from "other Side of Abbey Road".

Just a pinch between the geek and chum

 

 

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From this record:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000002KJY.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1115754601_.jpg

listen to "Change is gonna come": gives me shivers every time...

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When he plays live

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000ASAFU2.02._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1128509993_.jpg

 

he probably gives his best in terms of improvisation

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This one

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005KKNN.02._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1111393235_.jpg

 

is one of his first recordings and he was already smoking (I have more or less the same stuff in a LP with Brother Jack McDuff, where the real star is the young Benson...)

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On White Rabbit

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000026AM.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1134003544_.jpg

 

he plays with Herbie Hancock (among other stars) and they both kick some serious a§§

 

Yes, I love GB...

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Originally posted by Geoff Byrne:

And the Ibanez George Benson model ain't bad either!

 

:D

 

G.

Originally posted by Bejeeber:

Yeah I would NOT mind owning one of those GB models!

 

Oh, you mean one of these?

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/pauldil1/DVC00584.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/pauldil1/PDVD_019.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/pauldil1/DVC00587.jpg

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Years ago,(1978?) PBS had a series called Sound Stage. One show, which I would love to have a copy of, was George Benson with Earl Klugh and Chet Adkins.

 

The 3 of them pushed each other to the limits. It was amazing. While Benson had the Jazz covered, Adkins was far more versatile.

 

Benson has recorded with both of them and on Adkin's Stay Tuned, both Benson and Klugh are featured guests.

 

Of the three, Adkins gets my nod as the best but all three have their own sound and style and can be considered tops at what they do.

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My suggestion would be `Benson Burner`, my uncle-passed away this year-introduced me to it, my jaw was hanging open through the whole CD. OTOH, I got into a debate that lasted a whole freaking WEEKEND, with someone who unfortunately is not hanging on the forum these days, about a comment GB made that I

took exception to so I`m kinda gunshy about saying too much about him.

Same old surprises, brand new cliches-

 

Skipsounds on Soundclick:

www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandid=602491

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King George found here:

 

(Plus if you can find vinyl copies of Vol. 1 and 2 of the Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon series.)

 

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005IBGM.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V65929477_.jpg

A Jazz/Chord Melody Master-my former instructor www.robertconti.com

 

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I haven't heard George Benson in a long time, altough I used to own Breezin', and a couple of other records he played on.

 

The guy's got amazing chops and just all around musicianship, and is a fine singer... call it "easy listening" if you want, he's one of the few great guitarists I actually LIKE to hear sing!

 

There ought to be a federal law preventing SOME of them from getting any within two or three miles of a vocal mike!

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Originally posted by pauldil:

Originally posted by Geoff Byrne:

And the Ibanez George Benson model ain't bad either!

 

:D

 

G.

Originally posted by Bejeeber:

Yeah I would NOT mind owning one of those GB models!

 

Oh, you mean one of these?

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/pauldil1/DVC00584.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/pauldil1/PDVD_019.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/pauldil1/DVC00587.jpg

:wave: Pauldil

 

(did you finally get that "mildew" problem fixed? That was your GB wasn't it? :confused: )

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Originally posted by Guitar Geezer:

:wave: Pauldil

 

(did you finally get that "mildew" problem fixed? That was your GB wasn't it? :confused: )

Hi Guitar Geezer! Yep, that was my GB10 with the corrosion problem:

 

Before:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/pauldil1/DVC00574.jpg

 

 

After:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/pauldil1/DVC00577.jpg

 

Paul

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