George Benson Tell It Like It Is
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- Released: October 21, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: A&M
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Personnel: George Benson (guitar); Bob Porcelli, Jerome Richardson (saxophone, flute); Arthur Clarke, Joe Farrell, Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Hubert Laws (saxophone); Lew Soloff (trumpet); Jerry Dodgion (flute); Rodgers Grant, Richard Tee (piano); Bob Bushnell, Jim Fielder, Gerry Jemmott (bass); Leo Morris (drums); Paul Alicea, Angel Allende, Johnny Pacheco (percussion).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey in on April 29, May 20 & 29, 1969.
Personnel: George Benson (guitar); Bobby Porcelli (flute, saxophone, alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute, saxophone); Jerry Dodgion (flute); Sonny Fortune (saxophone, alto saxophone); Hubert Laws, Joe Farrell, Joe Henderson, Arthur "Babe"Clarke (saxophone); Lew Soloff (trumpet); Richard Tee, Rodgers Grant (piano); Jerry Jemmott, Jim Fielder, Bob Bushnell (bass instrument); Leo Morris (drums); Angel Allende, Paul Alices, Johnny Pacheco (percussion).
Trying to shake things up, producer Creed Taylor brought in arranger Marty Sheller from Mongo Santamaria's Afro-Cuban band, reduced the sizes of the servings (no track is longer than 3:45), cranked up the decibels to a raucous level, and presented Benson in what he hoped would be a radio-friendly setting. The wonder is that Benson manages to transcend the blasting Latin-percussion-spiced production, the tight time limits, and all with often brilliantly tasty guitar fills and brief solos in many styles and three reverb-heavy vocals. The most attractive - and most frustrating - track is Eumir Deodato's lovely "Jackie, All;" George states the tune twice and just as he starts a beautiful solo, the faders go down at the 2:15 mark! Damn. Worth hearing despite the long production knives. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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