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The Essential George Benson


Download links and information about The Essential George Benson by George Benson. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz genres. It contains 21 tracks with total duration of 02:27:00 minutes.

Artist: George Benson
Release date: 2006
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz
Tracks: 21
Duration: 02:27:00
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No. Title Length
1. Rock Candy (Live) 6:10
2. Shadow Dancers 4:43
3. Clockwise 4:26
4. Willow Weep for Me (featuring George Benson Quartet) 7:46
5. A Foggy Day (featuring George Benson Quartet) 2:39
6. The Borgia Stick (featuring George Benson Quartet) 3:06
7. Paraphernalia (featuring Miles Davis) 12:36
8. Sugar (featuring Stanley Turrentine) 10:05
9. So What 9:17
10. Ode to a Kudu 4:38
11. California Dreamin' 7:19
12. White Rabbit 6:55
13. Body Talk (featuring George Bensen) 8:20
14. Take Five 7:07
15. Summertime (Live) 6:02
16. Breezin' 5:20
17. This Masquerade 8:01
18. On Broadway (Live) 10:07
19. Give Me the Night 4:59
20. Hip Skip (featuring Tony Williams) 8:05
21. Gotham City (featuring Dexter Gordon) 9:19



The Essential George Benson covers 28 years and spans two discs, so it lives up to its claim of having the widest scope of all the Benson compilations that surfaced before it. While it's impressive that Columbia/Legacy didn't merely mine Columbia and CTI dates, and licensed material from Warner Bros. and Prestige as well (the brief Verve period is unrepresented), you could also say that the label also spread itself thin, with several crucial moments in Benson's career unable to fit. If Columbia/Legacy were honest, they'd position this as more of a sampler with a few curve balls. No matter what era you prefer, you're going to come up short, and it's not as if most people who are curious about Benson are going to be open-minded enough to appreciate both "Clockwise" and the vastly different "Give Me the Night." Some of the surprise selections, which almost outnumber the obvious ones, include an alternate take of "Ode to a Kudu," "Hip Skip" (from Tony Williams' late-'70s Joy of Flying), "Rock Candy" (from Brother Jack McDuff Live!), and "Paraphernalia" (a bizarre pick for any form of anthology, from Miles Davis' Miles in the Sky). Even casual fans won't have to think too hard about essential cuts that aren't here — "Durham's Turn," "Nature Boy," "The World Is a Ghetto," "Love X Love," and on and on, but the majority of what's here cannot be challenged. This is a way to begin — not wrap up — your fascination with Benson. It is representative of the breadth of his career from 1963 through 1980, but it could have just as easily been done a dozen other ways. The sound is vibrant, and Benson's track-by-track commentary adds a nice touch.