Posted on: May 30th, 2018 12:45 pm
Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s playing soul jazz with the likes of Jack McDuff. Benson then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing.
This one-time child prodigy topped the Billboard 200 in 1976 with the triple-platinum album, Breezin’, He was also a major live attraction in the UK during the 1980s and continues to attract a large following today. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.
From hard bop guitarist to R&B/pop superstar, George Benson has worn a wide variety of hats over the years. R&B lovers know him as the guitar-playing vocalist who is responsible for such hits as “Give Me The Night” and “Turn Your Love Around,” while the jazz world continues to treasure his classic instrumental albums of the 1960s and early 1970s. And it goes without saying that Benson’s million-selling Breezin’ album of 1976 practically defined the NAC, quiet storm, and contemporary jazz radio formats.
Because the guitarist/singer is so diverse and unpredictable, one never knows what he will do from one album to the next-and on his latest GRP release, Absolute Benson, the eight-time GRAMMY¨-winner surprises us once again by emphasizing instrumental music. While Benson’s last album, 1998’s.
Throughout his career, George Benson has embraced everything from straight-ahead jazz to contemporary jazz to R&B/pop vocals. And through it all he has demonstrated that creativity and commercial success aren’t mutually exclusive. Absolute Benson clearly continues that display.
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