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Best of George Benson Live! by George Benson

Ahh, those songs we loved are back, with all the excitement and passion we felt the first time we heard them. Benson gives a live performance of his most known tunes. The master of change has been a star since he first began strumming a guitar at the tender age of four when he performed in the streets of Pittsburgh.

Clearly showing his penchant for change during last year's release, Irreplaceable, where he flowed into mainstream hip-hop, Benson has now gathered the songs that drew audiences from the early 70s until now, which made him a musical icon. Along with his own famous tunes, Benson includes three selections from Absolute Benson, featuring special guest Joe Samples on keyboard, the BBC Big Band and members of the Ulster Orchestra.

Best of George Benson Live features Benson's silky smooth, ultra sensual vocals on his signature "Lost in a Masquerade" while "Breezin" showcases Benson's artistry on guitar. "Breezin" was written by soul legend Bobby Womack, but it was Benson who took this instrumental in so many directions with his uncanny ability on guitar.

Benson's romantic vocals take listeners to 'that' special night we all remember at least once during "Love X Love," an up-tempo song for serious lovers. Introducing jazz legend Joe Samples, a founding member of soul/jazz pioneers, The Crusaders; Samples composed four of the nine selections on Absolute Benson including "Deeper Than You Think" which Samples takes to a new level of hot on keyboard.

Down deep and funky, Benson takes us to "The Ghetto" exemplifying every note in a melding of heavy percussion, riffs, and piano strokes in time to Benson's rolling vocals. "Never give up On A Good Thing" brings a perky sound back into play with Benson's spirited, commanding voice.

Asking, "are those horns smoking back there?" Benson sets the stage for "Hipping The Hop" another funky, rhythm driven hit, perky on the keyboard, heavenly on the strings. Rippling through "Give Me The Night," Benson again gives a perfect performance with a marriage of guitar licks with his masterful singing sometimes nearing scat but with a modern edge.

Following the edict "always leave them wanting more," Benson closes his masterpiece with an electrifying performance "On Broadway."

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: George Benson
  • CD Title: Best of George Benson Live!
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: GRP
  • Rating: Five Stars
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