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George Benson – Guitar Man (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

George Benson – Guitar Man (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:03 minutes | 907 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | @ Concord Jazz

National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and Grammy-winning legend George Benson brings his guitar to the forefront in his newest album Guitar Man. The 12-song collection includes a mix of jazz and pop standards – some in a combo setting and some solo, but all of them tied together seamlessly by Benson’s soulful and exploratory signature sound. The album includes masterful takes on such classics as Coltrane’s “Naima,” “Tequila,” The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” and more.

Guitar Man, George Benson’s second offering for Concord stands in contrast to 2009’s Songs and Stories, though is not an about face. While the earlier album focused on Benson’s proven, decades-long formula for pop and smooth jazz — a group of of easy grooving tunes featuring his silky voice and shimmering guitar work — this set focuses (primarily) on Benson as a contemporary jazz guitarist. While slickly produced by John Burk, this full-length is an ambitious but readily accessible collection with lithe, languid grooves and stellar playing. Primarily arranged by musical director/keyboardist David Garfield, Guitar Man contains eight instrumentals, which include beautiful solo readings of the standards “Tenderly,” which opens the disc, and “Danny Boy.” There is a lush, balladic, string-laden arrangement of the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” — a consciously chosen reminder of Benson’s work at A&M. Another highlight is his very contemporary but digified reading of John Coltrane’s “Naima,” which is simply gorgeous. It begins largely solo before the band enters halfway through, led by Harvey Mason’s empathic drumming. The reading of “Tequila” here is warm, funky, and fun, with fine piano work by Joe Sample and percussion by Lenny Castro. Likewise, the reading of Arlen’s and Harburg’s “Paper Moon” displays beautiful interplay between Benson and Sample. Of the vocal tunes, the cover of Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” is the standout, but “My One and Only Love,” with a long solo guitar intro, is very fine too. The set ends with two vocal tunes that contrast nicely. First is a very soulful treatment of the Buddy Johnson nugget “Since I Fell for You,” with his voice and guitar accompanied only by Garfield’s piano. Guitar Man finishes with Ronnie Foster’s Latin-tinged groover “Fingerlero.” Sample, Mason, and Castro star on the tune and Benson scats in trademark tandem with his guitar lines, sending it off in a contemporary jazz mode. As a guitarist, Benson is still at the top of his game; his musical eclecticism and his on-target accessibility are refined and equally reflected here.

Tracklist:
01 – Tenderly
02 – I Want to Hold Your Hand
03 – My Cherie Amour
04 – Naima
05 – Tequila
06 – Don’t Know Why
07 – The Lady in My Life
08 – My One and Only Love
09 – Paper Moon
10 – Danny Boy
11 – Since I Fell For You
12 – Fingerlero

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