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George Benson - Cookbook

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    Personnel includes: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Lonnie Smith (Hammond organ); King Curtis (tenor saxophone); Ron Cuber (baritone saxophone); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Bennie Green (trombone); Ray Lucas, Jimmy Lovelace, Marion Booker, Billy Kaye (dru......more

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Artist: Benson, George
Description:
Personnel includes: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Lonnie Smith (Hammond organ); King Curtis (tenor saxophone); Ron Cuber (baritone saxophone); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Bennie Green (trombone); Ray Lucas, Jimmy Lovelace, Marion Booker, Billy Kaye (drums). Recorded in New York, New York in 1966. Originally released on Columbia Records (746409413). Includes liner notes by George Benson. All tracks have been digitally remastered. The second of Benson's John Hammond-produced albums is far and away the superior of the pair, mixing down-to-basics, straight-ahead jazz with soul-drenched grooving. Suddenly Benson's backup group - same as that of Uptown, with Benny Green added on trombone now and then - has found its bearings and apropos to the title, they can cook, even sizzle. The effect upon Benson's own playing is striking; with something to react against, his sheer ability to swing advances into the realm of awesome. The rapid-fire work on "The Cooker" and "Ready And Able" will make you gasp. Only one vocal here, an exuberant "All Of Me." [In mid-2001 Columbia/Legacy reissued this 1966 classic, along with It's Uptown, recorded only several months earlier. Four bonus tracks include a (previously unreleased) doo wop vocal rendition of Little Willie John's "Let Them Talk" and two Benson originals that are pure rock-n-roll: "The Man from Toledo" and "Goodnight." Two of the bonus cuts are preceded by control-booth comments from the session's legendary producer, John Hammond.] ~ Richard S. Ginell
See Also:
Beyond the Blue Horizon, The Greatest Hits of All, The George Benson Anthology, Brother Jack McDuff Live!, The George Benson Cookbook, Breezin', White Rabbit, The New Boss Guitar of George Benson
See Influences:
Grant Green, Joe Williams (Vocals), Eddie Lang, Tal Farlow, Louis Armstrong, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian
See Contemporaries:
Jimmy Smith (Organ), Donny Hathaway, Grover Washington, Jr., Monnette Sudler, Wes Montgomery, Phil Upchurch, Larry Carlton, The Pointer Sisters, The Brothers Johnson, Cornell Dupree, Don Sebesky, Marc Antoine (Guitar), Delfeayo Marsalis, Bob James, Barry White, Bernie Williams, Anita Baker, Kenny Burrell, Stevie Wonder, Pat Martino, Norman Brown, Chet Atkins, Jack McDuff, Luther Vandross, Joe Farrell, Jean-Luc Ponty, The Crusaders, Earl Klugh, Mark Colby, Lee Ritenour (Jazz), Commodores, Brian Bromberg, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, Mark Whitfield, Bill Withers, Herbie Hancock, Tal Farlow, Hubert Laws, Quincy Jones, Patti Austin, Jack Wilkins (Guitar)
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Cooker
  2. 2 Benny's Back
  3. 3 Bossa Rocka
  4. 4 All Of Me
  5. 5 Big Fat Lady
  6. 6 Benson's Rider
  7. 7 Ready And Able
  8. 8 Borgia Stick
  9. 9 Return Of The Prodigal Son
  10. 10 Jumping With Symphony Sid
  11. 11 Man From Toledo
  12. 12 Slow Scene
  13. 13 Let Them Talk
  14. 14 Goodnight
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Jazz Instrument
Subgenre:
Guitar
Label:
Sony BMG Music
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Guest Artist:
King Curtis; Blue Mitchell; Bennie Green
Editorial Reviews:
Uncut (9/01, p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Scorching playing..."
UPC:
5099750247020
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