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It's Uptown

The George Benson Quartet

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While George Benson's solid jazz reputation supposedly rests on his early John Hammond-produced Columbia albums, one listen to this disc will reveal that his interests roamed widely from the beginning. Yes, there is plenty of straightforward bop playing here, with Benson stretching his technical chops on "Hello Birdie" and "Myna Bird Blues" and ruminating thoughtfully on "Willow Weep for Me." But Benson also had an interest in quasi-rock & roll, producing Wes-like octaves on "Young Jaguar," and some Bo Diddley-in-Spain rhythm chording on "Bullfight." The young Benson sounds pure and mellifluous on three vocal numbers, the basic elements of his later successes mostly in place. Yet Benson's backing combo doesn't click on all cylinders; Lonnie Smith is reliable on organ but Ronnie Cuber's blunt baritone sax is rather cumbersome here.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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1
Clockwise (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:27

George Benson, Composer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - George Benson, Lyricist - George Benson, Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Marion Booker, Drums - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Summertime
The George Benson Quartet & Dorothy Heyward
00:02:23

G. Gershwin, Composer - G. Gershwin, Lyricist - The George Benson Quartet & Dorothy Heyward, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Dorothy Heyward, Composer - Dorothy Heyward, Lyricist - I. Gershwin, Composer - I. Gershwin, Lyricist

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Ain't That Peculiar (Album Version)
George Benson
00:02:55

Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - M. Tarplin, Composer - M. Tarplin, Lyricist - W. Robinson, Composer - W. Robinson, Lyricist - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - R. Rogers, Composer - R. Rogers, Lyricist - W. Moore, Composer - W. Moore, Lyricist - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Jaguar (Album Version)
George Benson
00:02:54

G. Benson, Lyricist - G. Benson, Composer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Willow Weep For Me (Album Version)
George Benson
00:07:46

George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - John Hammond, Producer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - A. Ronell, Composer - A. Ronell, Lyricist - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
A Foggy Day (Album Version)
George Benson
00:02:39

George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - John Hammond, Producer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - G. Gershwin, Composer - G. Gershwin, Lyricist - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - I. Gershwin, Composer - I. Gershwin, Lyricist - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Hello Birdie (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:58

G. Benson, Lyricist - G. Benson, Composer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Bullfight (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:45

G. Benson, Lyricist - G. Benson, Composer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Stormy Weather (Album Version)
George Benson
00:02:17

Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - H. Arlen, Composer - H. Arlen, Lyricist - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - T. Koehler, Composer - T. Koehler, Lyricist - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Eternally (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:03

G. Benson, Lyricist - G. Benson, Composer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Myna Bird Blues (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:34

G. Benson, Lyricist - G. Benson, Composer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
J.H. Bossa Nova (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:09

G. Benson, Lyricist - G. Benson, Composer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally recorded 1966 & released 2001. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Clockwise (Alternate Take)
George Benson
00:04:56

Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Composer - George Benson, Guitar - George Benson, Lyricist - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally recorded 1966 & released 2001. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Eternally (Short Version)
George Benson
00:02:43

G. Benson, Lyricist - G. Benson, Composer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - The George Benson Quartet, Performer - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally recorded 1966 & released 2001. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Sideman (Album Version)
Lonnie Smith
00:04:46

Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - L. Smith, Composer - L. Smith, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - George Benson, Performer - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Lonnie Smith, Performer - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Minor Chant (Album Version)
Lonnie Smith
00:03:23

Blue Mitchell, Trumpet - Ray Lucas, Drums - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Lovelace, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - George Benson, Vocal - George Benson, Guitar - George Benson, Performer - Ronnie Cuber, Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber, Baritone Saxophone - S. Turrentine, Composer - S. Turrentine, Lyricist - Lonnie Smith, Organ - Lonnie Smith, Performer - Charlie Persip, Drums

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

While George Benson's solid jazz reputation supposedly rests on his early John Hammond-produced Columbia albums, one listen to this disc will reveal that his interests roamed widely from the beginning. Yes, there is plenty of straightforward bop playing here, with Benson stretching his technical chops on "Hello Birdie" and "Myna Bird Blues" and ruminating thoughtfully on "Willow Weep for Me." But Benson also had an interest in quasi-rock & roll, producing Wes-like octaves on "Young Jaguar," and some Bo Diddley-in-Spain rhythm chording on "Bullfight." The young Benson sounds pure and mellifluous on three vocal numbers, the basic elements of his later successes mostly in place. Yet Benson's backing combo doesn't click on all cylinders; Lonnie Smith is reliable on organ but Ronnie Cuber's blunt baritone sax is rather cumbersome here.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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