George Benson: C/D; S/D

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I think I like that depressing "Masquerade" song. Any recommendations on what else to look for? (Should I not like him? I'm not even sure what his acceptability status is.)

Rockist Scientist, Saturday, 1 February 2003 02:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

not very acceptable, but search "Breezin"

JasonD (JasonD), Saturday, 1 February 2003 02:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

actually he has some earlier albums (~71) on CTI that are supposed to be pretty good and funky.

he's been sampled tons

JasonD (JasonD), Saturday, 1 February 2003 02:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hi, me again....he's also on "Miles in the Sky", so he's in good company.

JasonD (JasonD), Saturday, 1 February 2003 02:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

1969's 'The Other Side of Abbey Road' has its purple patches

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 1 February 2003 02:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search "Gimmee The Night", its the shiznit.

Chris V. (Chris V), Saturday, 1 February 2003 03:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

my dad used to get down to "Gimmee The Night" when I was a kid. It kicks ass. Subabababaadubduabababa.

Chris V. (Chris V), Saturday, 1 February 2003 03:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Turn your love around

bahtology, Saturday, 1 February 2003 12:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i interviewed him once (1986-ish): the only thing i now remember he said is that he used to hate london bcz the sky wz always grey, but then he realised that all the rain is the reason everything is so green, so now he doesn't mind it so much

mark s (mark s), Saturday, 1 February 2003 16:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Thanks mark, I am very moved.

Rockist Scientist, Saturday, 1 February 2003 16:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

His version of the World Is A Ghetto roolz

tigerclawskank, Monday, 3 February 2003 12:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Harlem Underground mini-alb that he plays on is a v. fair slice of early 70s weedfunk ('Smoking Cheeba Cheeba' etc.) Some of his early, Wes Montgomery-style jazz gtr albs are also perfectly pleasant - the recently reished 'Giblet Gravy' also has a great front cover (see also the Wes M/Jimmy Smith duo alb on Verve where they're sharing a hot dog - food/jazz alb pics are nearly always a gd sign)

Andrew L (Andrew L), Monday, 3 February 2003 12:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Like much of the stuff that came out on CTI at the time, Benson's records on that label all had a couple excellent, funky, jazzy jams that showed off his guitar skills... and then a bunch of maudlin, string-drenched schlock. I think "Beyond the Blue Horizon" is a pretty good one. Re that Harlem Underground record; I haven't thought of that in years! "Smoking Cheeba Cheeba" is a riot; search those backing vocals!

Then he became a vocalist, and got a nose job.

Sean (Sean), Monday, 3 February 2003 12:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's weird to see a Benson thread on this board, I posted a similar S/D on another board I post on quite recently. His guitar playing is phenomenal, I've never heard jazz guitar played as fast and I'm desperate to track down more than a "live" CD a friend burned for me. I think there's a few of his albums from his earlier period for sale at Fopp for about £5, they may be worth the risk.

I like the way he included the "Bad" in his name once he switched over to more conventional soul music. Nice touch to get the loverman credentials in there.

Definitely an overlooked musician of the 20th century.

Stephen Burrows (steveeeeeeeee), Monday, 3 February 2003 14:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd say that John McLaughlin, in his pomp, played much faster than Benson, esp. if you count the Shakti albs as jazz recs - but maybe I just haven't heard the right GB albs.

Is Benson the last major pre-Hendrix jazz guitarist?

Andrew L (Andrew L), Monday, 3 February 2003 22:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Is the Gimmie the Night LP any good? The title track is so f'ing great. I saw the video on VH1 Classic the other day, he rollerskates by the beach with his guitar.

Keith C (kcraw916), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 21:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Rollerskates by the beach with his guitar!!!

I always thought Breezin' was the quintessential rollerskating song. The song evokes images of rollerskating people with feathered hair and tacky summer wear.

That's not to knock the song one bit. Benson throws down. Awesome phrasing.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 21:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Was "Give Me The Night" produced by Quincy Jones? Or does it just sound that way?

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 23:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, Qunicy Jones produced on that LP/tune.

Keith C (kcraw916), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 23:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Dude, the video is great. It's twilight in LA, and he's boppin' around with that fat-ass hollow body around his neck, doing twirls on the skates. Those clips are interspersed with some rehersal footage, and also some scenes of him taking a fine young lady on a suave, classy dinner date. It's all capped off wonderfully with a shot of George and his date in the midst of a midnight cruise down Sunset, and you can see the billboard for his new album off in the distance. Classic.

Keith C (kcraw916), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 23:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that wasn't Harry Parry from venice beach in that video?

http://www.petehandelman.com/images/canon/ven2.jpg

[that bastard] jaxon (jaxon), Thursday, 9 June 2005 01:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic -- the one caucasian RN dude on our base who does a surprisingly good job with "This Masquerade" on karaoke night at the Officers' Club.

John Fredland (jfredland), Thursday, 9 June 2005 11:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I grew up with "Breezin'" spinning on the turntable.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 9 June 2005 12:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
Me too. "Affirmation" is almost as good a song as "Breezin'".
Which other album of his is most like "Breezin'"?

Dan I. (Dan I.), Sunday, 21 May 2006 07:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

just took out two newly-reissued CTI era Benson records from the library -- "Beyond the Blue Horizon" and "Good King Bad." Nice stuff! "Blue Horizon" has Jack Dejohnette and Ron Carter as the rhythm section, so that's always a plus. "Good King Bad," which immediately precedes his "Breezin'" breakthrough, is a lot lusher/disco/poppy kind of stuff with arrangements by Dave Matthews (no, not that Dave Matthews). All instrumental except the closing "Hold On I'm Coming" cover, which is surprisingly great.

tylerw, Thursday, 4 October 2007 20:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I grew up with "Breezin'" spinning on the turntable.
-- Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto)

Still dizzy after all those years, Alfred?

t**t, Thursday, 4 October 2007 20:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9eI_h1fY7Kk

deej, Thursday, 4 October 2007 20:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Quite! Especially when I hear "Give Me The Night."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 4 October 2007 21:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love this song :>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2oVohmaS3Q

Jordan, Thursday, 4 October 2007 21:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Search: “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You”

Jeb, Thursday, 4 October 2007 23:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Must be the James Brown Dave Matthews.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 5 October 2007 01:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

bingo!

tylerw, Friday, 5 October 2007 03:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Greatest Hits was being played in my work this morning, man, was that guy smooth. I do hate that thing where guitarists sing along with their guitar solos though.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Dude, the video is great. It's twilight in LA, and he's boppin' around with that fat-ass hollow body around his neck, doing twirls on the skates. Those clips are interspersed with some rehersal footage, and also some scenes of him taking a fine young lady on a suave, classy dinner date. It's all capped off wonderfully with a shot of George and his date in the midst of a midnight cruise down Sunset, and you can see the billboard for his new album off in the distance. Classic.
― Keith C (kcraw916), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 23:14 (10 years ago) Permalink

:)

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 September 2015 12:10 (two years ago) Permalink

A good friend of mine pointed out to me just how much Benson had accomplished when he was just a kid, this total guitar wunderkind. When you're cutting your teeth on Jack McDuff, playing with Miles, establishing yourself as a formidable player and leader before you're even 22, it's no wonder he eventually decided to go pop. Nothing left to prove!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:44 (two years ago) Permalink

A number of years ago -- I wanna say early 80s -- some friends-of-a-friend lived next door to Alan Alda. They were having a graduation party in their back yard and playing tunes on a boombox. A George Benson song came on, and when Alan heard it, he showed up to the party with his visiting pal George Benson. They hung out at the party for the rest of the day/night, playing basketball with the kids.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:45 (two years ago) Permalink

o_O

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:56 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Anyone know if he has more work that is similar "You can do it (baby)" with Nuyorican Soul? More energetic jamming/groove stuff? Live albums maybe? Find a lot of his stuff too slow & bluesy for my liking.

inventionsforjohn, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:19 (two years ago) Permalink

i'd probably check out his late '70s studio or live albums, i think those are probably mostly in that vein and feature far less of the slow bluesy mood music. as he gets into the '80s he gets into slow jam + vocals territory and i like a lot of it but ymmv.

nomar, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Give Me The Night or Weekend In L.A. are a pair of solid bets imo

nomar, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I would have loved more material by the band that's on the '71 CTI concert with Ron Carter and Billy Cobham as the rhythm section. There's also johnny Hammond on keyboards and Airto Moreira on percussion. There are a couple of tracks by them on the California concert set plus they appear as the backing band for the horn players elsewhere but do wish there wasa whole set of the unadorned band.

Also was discovering the instrumental stuff a couple of months back after having mainly dismissed him asa rather schmaltzy MOR crooner. He did some great stuff in the late 60s prior to CTI.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 17:03 (two years ago) Permalink

A number of years ago -- I wanna say early 80s -- some friends-of-a-friend lived next door to Alan Alda. They were having a graduation party in their back yard and playing tunes on a boombox. A George Benson song came on, and when Alan heard it, he showed up to the party with his visiting pal George Benson. They hung out at the party for the rest of the day/night, playing basketball with the kid

this is wild

Mr. Magic's Rap Attack (m coleman), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 18:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Thanks a lot nomar! I'd forgotten about his version of 'On broadway', but never listened to the 'Weekend In L.A.' album before, sounds good from my quick listen.

I know I asked about uptempo stuff, but I really like his bluesy stuff when he's playing completely solo, as well , if you know of any thing like 'Ode To A Kudu" or 'From now on'? I need more of the intense scat heavy tracks like 'World is a ghetto' too. I guess it's the in-between sounding ones that don't do it for me, definitely not the sugary ballads.

Stevolende - I'm liking some of that All stars concert, i think what I'm finding with his own albums is that there's 2-3 tracks per album (from all eras) that I love but i really can't listen to the rest.

inventionsforjohn, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/cHEtetL.gif

pplains, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 23:41 (two years ago) Permalink

wow!!

lute bro (brimstead), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 23:52 (two years ago) Permalink

whole video's pretty smooth! https://vimeo.com/24973023

pplains, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:21 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

TURN YOUR LOVE AROUUUUNNNNND

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 3 March 2018 17:03 (three months ago) Permalink

There's a whole long hilarious section about the writing of that song in that otherwise average Hired Gun documentary. Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon and Steve Lukather!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 March 2018 17:26 (three months ago) Permalink

(Long story short, Graydon was charged with writing Benson a hit but was stumped, so he went to the bathroom and left it in the hands of Lukather. Lukather casually comes up with some chords and, on the toiler, Graydon, listening, comes up with the melody. Except I guess Graydon has an OCD compulsion to undress completely when he's on the toilet, so he had to hurry up and get dressed to get back to Lukather before he forgot the melody to go with the chords Lukather was playing!)

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 March 2018 17:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Came across this good clip of George Benson with Clark Terry on trumpet on ye' old YouTube a few weeks back. It's a pretty groovy version of "So What".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snCGxc4qK50

earlnash, Saturday, 3 March 2018 18:25 (three months ago) Permalink

Clark Terry looking way more fly at age 68 than I will ever be on my best day.

earlnash, Saturday, 3 March 2018 18:26 (three months ago) Permalink

Rad clip. Thanks for sharing! Loving all the seamless gear-shifting.

Fetchboy, Saturday, 3 March 2018 21:12 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, this one is another really cool George Benson clip I found that has him jamming with Benny Goodman. This is one of those things you are glad the meeting happened and even more that it was filmed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfNljvp_CnI&feature=youtu.be

earlnash, Sunday, 4 March 2018 02:50 (three months ago) Permalink

take 2...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfNljvp_CnI

earlnash, Sunday, 4 March 2018 02:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Whoa, earl. Nice find!

Now where's the clip of George Washington Jr. and Woody Herman?

pplains, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Except I guess Graydon has an OCD compulsion to undress completely when he's on the toilet

are you a shirtless shitter?

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 March 2018 15:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Grover Washington, good lord what's wrong with me.

pplains, Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:53 (three months ago) Permalink


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