George Benson Best of George Benson, The: Instrumentals
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- Released: October 28, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
- 1.My Heart Is Dancing
- 4.Dinorah, Dinorah
- 5.Being With You
- 6.Valdez In The Country
- 9.We All Remember Wes
- 10.Weekend In L.A.
- 11.That's Right
Personnel includes: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Kirk Whalum (saxophone); Randy Brecker (flugelhorn); Hubert Laws (flute); Jorge Dalto (piano, electric piano, clavinet, keyboards); Bob James (piano); Ronnie Foster (electric piano, Mini-Moog, keyboards) Richard Tee (electric piano); Greg Phillinganes (Fender Rhodes, synthesizer); Ricky Peterson (keyboards, organ); Herbie Hancock (synthesizer, programming); Phil Upchurch, Paul Peterson (guitar, bass); Paul Jackson, David Williams (guitar); Earl Klugh (classical guitar); Freddie Washington, Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson (bass); Omar Hakim, Harvey Mason (drums); Ralph MacDonald, Paulinho Da Costa (percusssion); Patti Austin (background vocals).
Producers: Bob James, Tommy LiPuma, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Ricky Peterson.
Compilation producer: Matt Pierson.
Digitally remastered by Keith Blake.
Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Earl Klugh (classical guitar); Kim Hutchcroft, Lee "Shot" Williams (flute, saxophone); Hubert Laws (flute); Kirk Whalum (saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet); Randy Brecker (flugelhorn); Bob James (piano); Greg Phillinganes (electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Clare Fischer (electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Jorge Dalto (electric piano, Clavinet, keyboards); Ronnie Foster (electric piano, keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer); Richard Tee, Robbie Buchanan (electric piano, keyboards); Ricky Peterson (organ, keyboards); Herbie Hancock (keyboards, synthesizer); Dave Grusin, Hilary James , Neil Larsen, Rob Mounsey, Barnaby Finch (keyboards); John "J.R." Robinson , Harvey Mason, Sr. , Michael Bland , Omar Hakim, Carlos Vega (drums); Paulinho Da Costa, Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Patti Austin (background vocals).
Recording information: 1976-1993.
Photographers: Just Loomis; Hans Neleman.
1997's BEST OF GEORGE BENSON - THE INSTRUMENTALS brings together tracks from eight of the 12 Warner Brothers albums the guitarist had made at that point, starting with 1976's BREEZIN.' It includes several tunes with Benson's band from the BREEZIN'/WEEKEND IN L.A. period.
Other material includes tunes produced by Omar Hakim, Arif Mardin or Quincy Jones, with musicians like Bob James, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Anthony Jackson making various appearances. Benson always plays his butt off, no matter what kind of record he's making, and even though the bulk of this material tends toward innocuous instrumental R&B, it's still clear that he's one of the best straight-ahead bop guitarists ever.
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