George Benson Love Remembers
- Released: February 26, 2008
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.I'll Be Good to You
- 2.Got to Be There
- 3.My Heart Is Dancing
- 4.Love of My Life
- 5.Kiss and Make Up
- 6.Come into My World
- 7.Love Remembers
- 8.Willing to Fight
- 9.Somewhere Island
- 10.Lovin' on Borrowed Time
- 11.Lost in Love
- 12.Calling You
Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Gwen Guthrie (vocals); Kirk Whalum, Roger Byam (saxophone); Chuck Findley (trumpet); Randy Brecker (flugelhorn); Hubert Laws (flute); Randy Waldman (piano, strings, keyboards); Bob James, David Witham, Michael Bearden (piano); Richard Tee (electric piano); William Bryant (Fender Rhodes piano); Gary Henry, Steven Benson Hue (keyboards, percussion programming); Joseph Joubert, Ronnie Foster, John F. Hammond, Aaron Zigman (keyboards); Melvin Davis, Jimmy George (synthesizer); Wah Wah Watson, Jeff Mironov, Pat Kelly, Phil Upchurch, Michael Landau (guitar); Michael Colina (bass, synthesizer programming); Abe Laboriel, Freddy Washington, Will Lee, Nathan East, Larry Kimpel, John Patitucci (bass); Ndugu Chancler, Omar Hakim, Harvey Mason, John Robinson, Steve Ferrone (drums); Bill Summers, Paulinho Da Costa, Leonard "Doc" Gibbs (percussion); David Gamson, Max Risenhoover (programming); Brian McKnight, Darryl Tookes, Sharon Jerry-Collins, Dennis Collins, Angela Clemmons-Patrick, Lisa Fischer, Vaneese Thomas, Sharon Bryant, Jeanne Ricks, Hilary James, Rose Stone, Olivia McClurkin, Alfie Silas, Gerry Knight (background vocals).
Producers include: Jimmy George, Gary Henry, George Benson, Bob James, Stewart Levine.
Engineers include: Stephen Stewart Short, Kendal Stubbs, Al Schmitt.
Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Phil Upchurch (guitar); Ronnie Foster (keyboards); Omar Hakim (drums); Bill Summers (percussion).
LOVE REMEMBERS is a successful pop album, whether George Benson's dishing out vocals or instrumentals. This 1993 recording produced by Benson himself is not for hard core jazz fans, but rather smooth jazz or R&B fans who will enjoy the familiar instrumental tunes. This is what Benson was going for and this is what he achieved.
Benson's take on "Somewhere Island" works as well as the original, and his vocal covers simulate the originals almost note for note, as in "Kiss and Make Up." The synthesized back-beats are an unfortunate choice, but one '90s smooth jazz artists opted for and got away with. Bob James, Hubert Laws, John Patitucci, Phil Upchurch, Randy Brecker, Nathan East, and vocalists Lisa Fischer and Brian McKnight all appear here, backing Benson up on these 12 songs. High points include the instrumental "Lost in Love" and the vocal "Got to be There."
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