Big Boss Band

Big Boss Band

by George BensonGeorge Benson


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This project had its genesis back in 1983 with a Benson promise to Count Basie that he would record an album in his style, a promise partially fulfilled the following year with 20/20's "Beyond the Sea." Focusing on standards that steer commendably clear from tunes normally associated with Basie, Benson takes on the dual challenge of big-band singer and lead guitarist and succeeds with authority in both roles. The robust playing of the Basie band under Frank Foster poses absolutely no problems for Benson's muscular guitar, for he punches out the notes and octaves in irresistibly swinging fashion (for prime mature Benson, check out "Basie's Bag"). As a vocalist, he sounds solid and debonair, blending well with Basie vocalist Carmen Bradford on "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" There are two deviations from the format, though. "Baby Workout" starts out as an electronic dance number, augmented by horns, that harks back to his run of routine '80s albums. The sole Robert Farnon-arranged track, a lush orchestral treatment of "Portrait of Jennie" recorded in London, was salvaged from an aborted project that was promised back in 1988. Clearly Benson had wrestled control of his music from the accountants, and though the direction is conservative, it makes better use of his talents.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2008
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140262928
catalogNumber: 2629
Rank: 110065

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Count Basie   Track Performer
Ron Carter   Bass
Jon Faddis   Horn,Group Member
Lew Soloff   Horn,Group Member
Terry Burrus   Keyboards
Cleveland Eaton   Group Member
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Carmen Bradford   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Clarence Banks   Group Member
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Randy Brecker   Horn,Group Member
Carl Carter   Group Member
George Cohn   Group Member
Barry J. Eastmond   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Farrell   Horn,Group Member
Paul Faulise   Horn,Group Member
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Gardner   Horn,Group Member
David Glasser   Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Kenny Hing   Group Member
Duffy Jackson   Group Member
Charlton Johnson   Group Member
Keith O'Quinn   Horn,Group Member
Bob Ojeda   Trumpet,Soloist,Group Member
Byron Stripling   Trumpet,Soloist,Group Member
Richard Tee   keyboard bass
Mel Wanzo   Group Member
David Witham   Keyboards
James Pugh   Horn,Group Member
William Hughes   Group Member
Tim "T-Bone" Williams   Trombone
Eith O'Quinn   Horn
Mike "Love" Williams   Group Member
Little Johnny Williams   Group Member

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
George Benson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Michel Legrand   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Robert Farnon   Arranger
Robert Farnon Orchestra   Contributor
Frank Foster   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Douglas Miller   Contributor
Bob Ojeda   Arranger
William Skip Rose   Composer
David Russell   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Toone   Engineer
Roy Turk   Composer
Danny Turner   Contributor
John Williams [double bass]   Contributor
Mike Williams   Contributor
Peter Darmi   Engineer
Mary Ann Dibs   Art Direction
Robin Lynch   grooming
Dave Russell   Engineer
Alonzo Tucker   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Doug Miller   Contributor
Billy Rose   Composer
New York Horns   Contributor

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