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  • Label variation of George Benson - Bad Benson Recorded at Van Gelder Studios Recorded May, 1974 ℗ 1974, Creed Taylor, Inc. Distributed by Motown Record Corporation. 6464 Sunset Blvd. 90028 Publishing Credits: Track A1: Derry Music / BMI Track A2: Colgems Music Corp. / ASCAP Track A3, B3: Char-Liz Music, Inc.
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  • Preceding Breezin', his crossover smash for Warner in 1976, Bad Benson shows the guitarist still hanging on to his Wes Montgomery roots in places while stretching his soul-jazz persona into even funkier arenas. CTI had a formula for making funky, accessible jazz and fusion records that in 1974 still held true. Arranged by Don Sebesky, Bad Benson is a collection of delicious, varied,.

Personnel: George Benson (guitar). Preceding Breezin', his crossover smash for Warner in 1976, Bad Benson shows the guitarist still hanging on to his Wes Montgomery roots in places while stretching his soul-jazz persona into even funkier arenas. CTI had a formula for making funky, accessible jazz and fusion records that in 1974 still held true. George Washington Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 19 as a jazz guitarist. A former child prodigy, Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others.

Some tunes are so sacred that any attempt to cover them can only result in failure. Yet George Benson makes this mistake twice on Bad Benson ; the band can’t quite manage a groove in 5/4 on Brubeck’s “Take Five” and once again falter with a horrid disco version of Ellington’s “Take The ‘A’ Train” complete with fake train whistles. Creed Taylor should have offered rebates to anyone that could listen to these numbers more than once without wincing. However, the rest of the album is pretty good; Benson has always been an excellent guitarist, and there’s little here of the full-blown pop artist he would later become. The full band numbers are worthwhile compositions; in particular on “My Latin Brother”, where Benson creates a memorable tune based on a repeating five note phrase and shifting rhythms. Even Don Sebesky’s arrangements, which tend to clutter other CTI releases, play a crucial role in augmenting Benson’s nimble fretwork on two tracks. Regardless of the quality of the music, Benson soars as a soloist, fashioning interesting melodic ideas from even the most ill-chosen material. Since this album comes late in Benson’s career, one might assume that Bad Benson lives up to its name in a way other than the guitarist intended. However, despite its faults, this album is filled with tasteful guitar-based jazz.

Track Listing

Take Five; Summer Wisher/Winter Dreams; My Latin Brother; No Sooner Said Than Done; Full Compass; The Changing World; Take the 'A' Train; Serbian Blue.

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George Benson - Guitar, Vocals; Ron Carter - Bass; Phil Upchurch - Bass, Guitar, Percussion; Kenny Barron - Piano; Don Sebesky - Arranger; Steve Gadd - Drums.

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Title: Bad Benson Year Released: 2002 Record Label: CTI Records

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