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George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)

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George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)

George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 388 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: Warner Bros. | # 3277-2 | 01:06:49

The success of Weekend in L.A. no doubt prompted producer Tommy LiPuma and Warner Bros. to give George Benson another double album (now on one CD) – and this, like its three Warner predecessors, also went Top Ten. It is also, alas, slicker, more romantic in mood, and more bound by perceptions of formula than the others, fussed over in three different studios in earnest search of another hit single (the dance-tempo cover of L.T.D.'s "Love Ballad"). Most of the touring band, including Ronnie Foster, Ralph MacDonald and Phil Upchurch, is back, and Claus Ogerman's soft symphonic touch provides most of the backdrops, with Mike Mainieri supplying the orchestra on three tracks. Even at this point, the great guitarist is still given much room to burn – the balance between instrumentals and vocals remains close – and Benson comes up with some tasty stuff when the rhythm section pushes him on "Nassau Day" and "You're Never Too Far from Me." Ultimately there is just enough jazz content amid the velvet soul to keep guitar buffs interested.

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

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George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Soul | Label: Verve | # UCCV-9614 | Time: 00:39:04

Goodies is the sixth album by jazz guitarist George Benson recorded in 1968 and released on the Verve label.

George Benson - Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (2013)

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George Benson - Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (2013)

George Benson - Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 342 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 158 Mb
Full Scans | 00:40:50 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Concord Records #CRE-34268-02

George Benson's place as one of the greatest and most successful guitarists in the history of jazz is secure, but what's easy to forget sometimes is that he began his career as a vocalist, and if this release, a tribute to Nat King Cole, comes as any kind of surprise, it shouldn't. Benson's and Cole's careers are remarkably similar, both becoming known first as instrumentalists, Cole as a pianist, and Benson, of course, as a guitarist, with both eventually easing into the pop mainstream because of their voices. Cole was a one of a kind vocalist, of course, and even Benson wouldn't claim to equal him as a singer, but Benson has a similarly soothing and lush tenor voice that more than holds its own on these familiar songs.

George Benson - MTV Music History (1999)

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George Benson - MTV Music History (1999)

George Benson - MTV Music History (1999)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 2:24:44 | 953 Mb
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz

George Benson Simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, George Benson is an amazingly versatile musician whose adept skills find him crossing easily between straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, and contemporary R&B. Blessed with supreme taste, a beautiful, rounded guitar tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, as always, an unquenchable urge to swing, Benson's inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format; skills he first garnered attention for as a member of Brother Jack McDuff's band in the early '60s. Benson can also sing in a lush, soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. In a sense, he is the guitar-playing equivalent of Nat King Cole, a fantastic instrumentalist whose smooth way with a pop vocal helped solidify his prowess in the marketplace. It is this combination of singing and guitar playing that has garnered him numerous accolades and chart success, including most notably his 1976 breakthrough Breezin', which topped the pop, R&B, and jazz charts and took home Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Record of the Year.

George Benson - Anthology (2000)

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George Benson - Anthology (2000)

George Benson - Anthology (2000)
FLAC (tracks + .cue,log,scans) / MP3 320 kbps | 2:37:05 | 985 / 371 Mb
Genre: Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Soul

George Benson's two-disc Anthology from Rhino ultimately manages to encapsulate Benson's career. These 32 tracks not only highlight the obligatory vocal pop hits "Turn Your Love Around," "Give Me the Night," and "On Broadway," but dish out a heavy dose of his early jazz recordings that followed in the footsteps of Wes Montgomery, and his many appearances throughout the years with Brother Jack Mcduff, Lonnie Smith, Hubert Laws, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Smith, Earl Klugh, and the Count Basie Orchestra. If you're only accustomed to Benson's pop/jazz crossover work, check out this definitive overview.

Miles Davis - Miles in the Sky (1968) MFSL Remastered 2016

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Miles Davis - Miles in the Sky (1968) MFSL Remastered 2016

Miles Davis - Miles in the Sky (1968) [MFSL Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 325 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Post-Bop | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2147 | 00:51:13

Miles in the Sky reflects the intriguing curiosities and rainbow possibilities suggested by the album cover. Miles Davis’ fifth and final album with his classic second quintet is kaleidoscopic in sound, forward-looking in structure, and contextually grounded in approach. As the legendary leader’s first venture into what would become fusion, it’s historical for containing the premier appearances of electric piano, bass, and guitar on a Davis effort. Laden with rich textures and style-bridging elements, Mobile Fidelity’s SACD brings the aural magic into focus. Mastered from the original master tapes, this collectable audiophile version of Miles in the Sky joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity.

George Benson - George Benson (1973)

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George Benson - George Benson (1973)

George Benson - George Benson (1973)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 330 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 161 Mb
Full Scans | 00:47:21 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Fusion | Signal #SIGNAL 50645

Simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, George Benson is an amazingly versatile musician, whose adept skills find him crossing easily between straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, and contemporary R&B. Blessed with supreme taste, a beautiful, rounded guitar tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing, Benson's inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format.

VA - The Real... Bossa Nova, The Ultimate Collection (2014) 3CDs

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VA - The Real... Bossa Nova, The Ultimate Collection (2014) 3CDs

VA - The Real… Bossa Nova, The Ultimate Collection (2014) 3CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 906 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 396 Mb | Scans included | 02:34:53
Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, MPB | Label: Columbia/Sony | # 88843058712

44 original recordings from iconic Brazilian artists and American jazz & pop legends: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, João Gilberto, Flora Purim, Nacho Méndez, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Byrd, George Benson, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Dextor Gordon, George Duke, and many many more… 3CDs, housed in a fold out card digipack case.

George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) [Japanese Blu-Spec 2013]

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George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) [Japanese Blu-Spec 2013]

George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) Japanese Blu-Spec 2013
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Jazz-Funk, R&B, Guitar Jazz | Label: King Records/CTI | # KICJ 2314 | Time: 00:36:51

The R&B elements get stronger, the sound and mix are more attuned to the dancefloor, yet this brings out the best in George Benson's funky side. Thanks in part to the more rigid beat, Benson pares down his style to its rhythmic essentials, refusing to spray notes all over the place at random, and as a result, the record cooks and dances. His treatment of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," hugely complemented by Joe Farrell's wistfully prancing flute, is a mini-masterpiece in the use of space, of hitting exactly the right stabbing note right in the pocket. Again, Creed Taylor turns to a James Brown alumnus, David Matthews, for arrangements, and he discreetly and wisely stays out of Bad George's way. Buy this one for "Cast Your Fate," but there is plenty more to savor here.

Jimmy Smith - Off The Top (1982) [1987, Reissue] {W.-Germany Target CD}

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Jimmy Smith - Off The Top (1982) [1987, Reissue] {W.-Germany Target CD}

Jimmy Smith - Off The Top (1982) [1987, Reissue] {W.-Germany Target CD}
featuring George Benson, Ron Carter, Grady Tate & Stanley Turrentine

Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Hard Bop | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 39:47 | 217,94 Mb
Label: Elektra Musician/PolyGram (W.-Germany) | Cat.# 9 60175-2 | Released: 1987-07-07 (1982-06-07)

It had been nine years since organist Jimmy Smith recorded for a major label when Bruce Lundvall approached him to make an album for Elektra Musician. Smith plays some unusual material (including Lionel Richie's "Endless Love" and the "Theme from M.A.S.H.") on this recording but swings everything and has a particularly strong supporting cast guitarist George Benson, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Grady Tate. A fine comeback date.

George Benson - The Other Side Of Abbey Road (1970) [Japanese Edition 2022]

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George Benson - The Other Side Of Abbey Road (1970) [Japanese Edition 2022]

George Benson - The Other Side Of Abbey Road (1970) [Japanese Edition 2022]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 179 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 74 MB | Covers - 11 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz-Pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (UCCU-5930)

Just three weeks after the U.S. release of the Beatles' swan song, Abbey Road, Creed Taylor ushered George Benson into the studio to begin a remarkably successful pop-jazz translation of the record (complete with a parody of the famous cover, showing Benson with guitar crossing an Eastern urban street). It is a lyrical album, with a hint of the mystery and a lot of the cohesive concept of the Beatles' original despite the scrambled order of the tunes. Benson is given some room to stretch out on guitar, sometimes in a bluesy groove, and there are more samples of his honeyed vocals than ever before (oddly, his voice would not be heard again by record-buyers until he signed with Warner Bros.). Don Sebesky's arrangements roam freely from baroque strings to a full-throated big band, and Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Fortune, and Hubert Laws get some worthy solo space…

George Benson - Verve Ultimate Cool

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George Benson - Verve Ultimate Cool

George Benson - Verve Ultimate Cool (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 311 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 124 MB | 48:52
Genre: Soul Jazz | Label: Decca

The 2013 compilation Verve Ultimate Cool: George Benson brings together tracks recorded by the influential jazz guitarist in the '60s and '70s. These are largely groove-oriented cuts that showcase Benson's knack for R&B-influenced jazz improvisation. Here we get such songs as his live version of "Breezin'," a supremely funky "Shape of Things to Come," "Billie's Bounce," and more. Ultimately, Verve Ultimate Cool works as a nice single-disc overview of Benson's soul-jazz period.

George Benson - Body Talk (1973)

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George Benson - Body Talk (1973)

George Benson - Body Talk (1973)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 278 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 115 MB | Covers - 16 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: CBS Records (ZK 45222)

With an eye and ear on what was happening on the soul charts - James Brown in particular - Benson made a decided swerve toward R&B on this release. Indeed the JB's Pee Wee Ellis turns up as a big band arranger on three tracks, and he no doubt had a direct influence on the distinct JB groove of one of the non-big-band tunes, "Dance." It should come as no surprise by now that this formidable guitarist has no problem handling any kind of groove, although the mixed rhythm section of Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, electric pianist Harold Mabern, and percussionist Mobutu sometimes sends mixed messages. Earl Klugh has a few tasty moments on his own, and there are some reconnaissance flights back to the jazz side of George, which he handles with his usual confident aplomb.

George Benson - Tell It Like It Is (1969) [Reissue 2008]

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George Benson - Tell It Like It Is (1969) [Reissue 2008]

George Benson - Tell It Like It Is (1969) [Reissue 2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 226 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 76 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Latin Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (B0011956-02)

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 3:50), 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.

George Benson featuring The Count Basie Orchestra - Big Boss Band (1990)

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George Benson featuring The Count Basie Orchestra - Big Boss Band (1990)

George Benson featuring The Count Basie Orchestra - Big Boss Band (1990)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 254 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 103 MB
Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Warner Bros. Records (7599-26295-2)

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…