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     George Benson
 
 

Born: Mar 22, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Hard Bop, Jazz-Pop, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Instrument, Guitar Jazz, Quiet Storm, R&B
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar

George Benson is simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician, and that frustrates to no end critics who would paint him into a narrow bop box. He can play in just about any style - from swing to bop to R&B to pop - with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing. His inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery - and he can do dead-on impressions of both - but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format. Yet Benson can also sing in a lush soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, and it is his voice that has proved to be more marketable to the public than his guitar. Benson is the guitar-playing equivalent of Nat King Cole - a fantastic pianist whose smooth way with a pop vocal eventually eclipsed his instrumental prowess in the marketplace - but unlike Cole, Benson has been granted enough time after his fling with the pop charts to reaffirm his jazz guitar credentials, which he still does at his concerts.

Benson actually started out professionally as a singer, performing in nightclubs at eight, recording four sides for RCA's X label in 1954, forming a rock band at 17 while using a guitar that his stepfather made for him. Exposure to records by Christian, Montgomery, and Charlie Parker got him interested in jazz, and by 1962, the teenaged Benson was playing in Brother Jack McDuff's band. After forming his own group in 1965, Benson became another of talent scout John Hammond's major discoveries, recording two highly regarded albums of soul-jazz and hard bop for Columbia and turning up on several records by others, including Miles Davis' Miles in the Sky. He switched to Verve in 1967, and, shortly after the death of Montgomery in June 1968, producer Creed Taylor began recording Benson with larger ensembles on A&M (1968-1969) and big groups and all-star combos on CTI (1971-1976).

While the A&M and CTI albums certainly earned their keep and made Benson a guitar star in the jazz world, the mass market didn't catch on until he began to emphasize vocals after signing with Warner Bros. in 1976. His first album for Warner Bros., Breezin', became a Top Ten hit on the strength of its sole vocal track, "This Masquerade," and this led to a string of hit albums in an R&B-flavored pop mode, culminating with the Quincy Jones-produced Give Me the Night. As the '80s wore on, though, Benson's albums became riddled with commercial formulas and inferior material, with his guitar almost entirely relegated to the background. Perhaps aware of the futility of chasing the charts (after all, "This Masquerade" was a lucky accident), Benson reversed his field late in the '80s to record a fine album of standards, Tenderly, and another with the Basie band, his guitar now featured more prominently. His pop-flavored work also improved noticeably in the '90s. Benson retains the ability to spring surprises on his fans and critics, like his dazzlingly idiomatic TV appearance and subsequent record date with Benny Goodman in 1975 in honor of John Hammond, and his awesome command of the moment at several Playboy Jazz Festivals in the 1980s. His latter-day recordings include the 1998 effort Standing Together, 2000's Absolute Benson, 2001's All Blues, and 2004's Irreplaceable. Three songs from 2006's Givin' It Up, recorded with Al Jarreau, were nominated for Grammy Awards in separate categories.

- Richard S. Ginell (All Music Guide)


Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.delafont.com/music_acts/George-Benson.htm About on De La Font site
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=3789 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
www.georgebenson.com Official website by George Benson. Biography, News, Discogr, Links - бедно с оригинальной информацией
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Benson About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Benson About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
   
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 George Benson - 'Absolute Benson' - 2000, GRP, Verve Forecast
 George Benson - 'Afrodesia' - 2003, LRC Ltd
 George Benson - 'After Hours' - 2002, Universe
 George Benson - 'Bad Benson' - 1974, Sony
 George Benson - 'Best Of George Benson Live' - 2005, GRP
 George Benson - 'Beyond The Blue Horizon' - 1973, Mosaic Contemporary
 George Benson - 'Big Boss Band' - 1983, Warner Bros., Dora
 George Benson - 'California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium' - 1990, CTT, Sony
 George Benson - 'Collaboration' - 1987, Warner Bros.
 George Benson - 'George Benson & Jack McDuff' - 1977, Prestige
 George Benson - 'Giblet Gravy' - 1968, Polygram
 George Benson - 'Givin' It Up' - 2006, Concord
 George Benson - 'I Got A Woman & Some Blues' - 1969, A&M, Galactic
 George Benson - 'In Concert Carnegie Hall' - 1975, Columbia
 George Benson - 'Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole' - 2013, Concord
 George Benson - 'It's Uptown' - 1965, Columbia, G&P Music
 George Benson - 'Love For Sale: Live' - 1999, Elap Records
 George Benson - 'Masquerade' - 1998, Magnum
 George Benson - 'Round Midnight' - 1989, JazzDoor
 George Benson - 'Shape Of Things To Come' - 1968, A&M
 George Benson - 'Standing Together' - 1999, GRP
 George Benson - 'Tell It Like It Is. In Flight' - 1969, A&M, Warner Bros.
 George Benson - 'Tenderly' - 1989, Warner Bros.
 George Benson - 'The George Benson Cookbook' - 1966, Columbia, Legacy
 George Benson - 'The Other Side Of Abbey Road. Give Me The Night' - 1969, A&M, Warner
 George Benson - 'This Is Jazz, Vol. 9' - 1975, Columbia
 George Benson - 'Weekend In L.A.' - 1977, Warner Bros., Stress Records
 George Benson - 'White Rabbit. Good King Bad' - Columbia
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Jack McDuff - 'Color Me Blue' - 1991, Concord Jazz, Ars Nova
 Jack McDuff - 'Sanctified Samba' - 1963, Ars Nova
  как соисполнитель ...
 Mary J Blige - 'Share My World' - 1997, MCA
 Miles Davis - 'Circle In The Round' - 1979, Columbia, Legacy
 Miles Davis - 'Miles In The Sky' - 1968, Columbia, Legacy
 Dexter Gordon - 'Gotham City' - 1981, Columbia
 Jon Hendricks - 'Freddie Freeloader' - 1990, Denon
 Lena Horne - 'Being Myself' - 1998, Blue Note
 Freddie Hubbard - 'First Light' - 1989, CTI Records
 Freddie Hubbard - 'Red Clay' - 1970, CBS Records
 Quincy Jones - 'Back On The Block' - 1989, Qwest
 Kenny G. - 'Classics In The Key Of G' - 1999, Arista
 Chaka Khan - 'Chaka' - 1979, Warner Bros.
 Hubert Laws - 'Crying Song' - 1987, Columbia
 Jack McDuff - 'Brother Jack McDuff Bringin' It Home' - 1999, Concord Jazz
 Jack McDuff - 'Prelude' - 1964, Prestige
 Lee Morgan - 'Taru' - 2000, Blue Note
 Nils - 'Blue Planet' - 1998, Ichiban, Brajo Records
 Claus Ogerman - 'A Man And His Music' - 2004, Verve
 Claus Ogerman - 'Gate Of Dreams' - 1977, Warner Bros.
 Dr. Lonnie Smith - 'Live At Club Mozambique' - 1970, Ars Nova, Blue Note
 Jimmy Smith - 'The Boss' - 2004, Verve
 Johnny 'Hammond' Smith - 'Breakout' - 1971, Breakout
 Take 6 - 'The Standard' - 2008, Heads Up
 Stanley Turrentine - 'Sugar' - 1970, Prospekt, CTI Records
 Bobby Womack - 'The Poet II' - 1984, Razor & Tie
 


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