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George Benson, Jack McDuff

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George Benson's facile post-Wes Montgomery single-line and chord-accented style was well received in his salad days of the mid- to late '60s. Primarily self-taught and ear-trained, he made great strides in a five-year period around his native Pittsburgh, working with organist Jack McDuff on the East Coast chitlin circuit. As the soul-jazz and boogaloo movement was establishing itself, Benson was right in the pocket, as these seminal mid-'60s sessions perfectly illustrate. In tandem with saxophonist Red Holloway, the two Prestige label LPs New Boss Guitar and Hot Barbeque were initially reissued in 1977 on a vinyl two-fer, and now on this single CD. The first two tracks, "Shadow Dancers" and "The Sweet Alice Blues," sans McDuff though toeing the groove line, are the most original and modern numbers. The remaining tracks on the New Boss Guitar 1964 dates add McDuff, with "Just Another Sunday" a gold standard for the emerging style. Benson's balladic expertise during "Easy Living" is as impressive as in the different dynamic of the rompin' stompin' "Rock-A-Bye." From May Day of 1965, the title cut and original version of "Hot Barbeque" has become an all-time hit and ultimate groove biscuit. Drummer Joe Dukes is the difference maker, as his fluid ease in either swinging or mixing hard bop with R&B fifty-fifty effectively drives the band so simply. "Briar Patch" approaches rock & roll, while "Hippy Dip" shows a completely unified Benson and McDuff on a fun melody line. A most arresting high-register organ sound, near unearthly, surrounds an easy swing on "The Party's Over." In addition, check out the slow late-night blues "I Don't Know" (from the 1964 dates) and "Cry Me a River" from 1965. Although Benson would reach a zenith in his short career as a jazz musician during this period, before abandoning its purity for commercial pop singing, Holloway and McDuff went on and on and on to their own great acclaim. This is Benson's initial emergence, and a valuable reminder of how great he once was.
© Michael G. Nastos /TiVo

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1
Shadow Dancers (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:46

George Benson, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jack McDuff, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Red Holloway, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Lew Futterman, Producer - Ronnie Boykins, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Montego Joe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 Prestige Records, Inc.

2
The Sweet Alice Blues (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:38

George Benson, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1964 Prestige Records, Inc.

3
I Don't Know (Album Version)
George Benson
00:06:49

George Benson, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 Prestige Records, Inc.

4
Just Another Sunday (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:03

George Benson, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 Prestige Records, Inc.

5
Will You Still Be Mine? (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:28

George Benson, MainArtist - Matt Dennis, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Adair, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 Prestige Records, Inc.

6
Easy Living (Album Version)
George Benson
00:06:39

George Benson, MainArtist - Leo Robin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Rainger, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 Prestige Records, Inc.

7
Rock-A-Bye (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:59

George Benson, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 Prestige Records, Inc.

8
Hot Barbeque (Album Version)
Jack McDuff
00:02:59

Jack McDuff, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 Prestige Records, Inc.

9
The Party's Over (Album Version)
George Benson
00:06:48

Jule Styne, Composer - George Benson, MainArtist - Adolph Green, Author - Betty Comden, Author - Jack McDuff, MainArtist

℗ 1966 Prestige Records/Fantasy, Inc.

10
Briar Patch (Album Version)
George Benson
00:02:53

George Benson, MainArtist - Jack McDuff, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1966 Prestige Records/Fantasy, Inc.

11
Hippy Dip (Album Version)
George Benson
00:06:27

George Benson, MainArtist - Jack McDuff, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1966 Prestige Records/Fantasy, Inc.

12
601 ½ No. Poplar (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:14

George Benson, MainArtist - Jack McDuff, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1966 Prestige Records/Fantasy, Inc.

13
Cry Me A River (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:47

George Benson, MainArtist - Arthur Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Jack McDuff, MainArtist

℗ 1966 Prestige Records/Fantasy, Inc.

14
The Three Day Thang (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:38

George Benson, MainArtist - Jack McDuff, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1966 Prestige Records/Fantasy, Inc.

Album Description

George Benson's facile post-Wes Montgomery single-line and chord-accented style was well received in his salad days of the mid- to late '60s. Primarily self-taught and ear-trained, he made great strides in a five-year period around his native Pittsburgh, working with organist Jack McDuff on the East Coast chitlin circuit. As the soul-jazz and boogaloo movement was establishing itself, Benson was right in the pocket, as these seminal mid-'60s sessions perfectly illustrate. In tandem with saxophonist Red Holloway, the two Prestige label LPs New Boss Guitar and Hot Barbeque were initially reissued in 1977 on a vinyl two-fer, and now on this single CD. The first two tracks, "Shadow Dancers" and "The Sweet Alice Blues," sans McDuff though toeing the groove line, are the most original and modern numbers. The remaining tracks on the New Boss Guitar 1964 dates add McDuff, with "Just Another Sunday" a gold standard for the emerging style. Benson's balladic expertise during "Easy Living" is as impressive as in the different dynamic of the rompin' stompin' "Rock-A-Bye." From May Day of 1965, the title cut and original version of "Hot Barbeque" has become an all-time hit and ultimate groove biscuit. Drummer Joe Dukes is the difference maker, as his fluid ease in either swinging or mixing hard bop with R&B fifty-fifty effectively drives the band so simply. "Briar Patch" approaches rock & roll, while "Hippy Dip" shows a completely unified Benson and McDuff on a fun melody line. A most arresting high-register organ sound, near unearthly, surrounds an easy swing on "The Party's Over." In addition, check out the slow late-night blues "I Don't Know" (from the 1964 dates) and "Cry Me a River" from 1965. Although Benson would reach a zenith in his short career as a jazz musician during this period, before abandoning its purity for commercial pop singing, Holloway and McDuff went on and on and on to their own great acclaim. This is Benson's initial emergence, and a valuable reminder of how great he once was.
© Michael G. Nastos /TiVo

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