GEORGE BENSON, BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON

“Beyond The Blue Horizon” (CTI/Masterworks Jazz) is Benson’s 1971 label debut and he refines the evocative language on the guitar that he established on his earlier Verve recordings. The album features some of the best playing you’ll hear from Benson. It’s a classic electric guitar/organ soul-jazz date with superb soloing from bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jack DeJohnette and organist Clarence Palmer on affecting renditions of Miles Davis’s “So What,” Luiz Bonfa’s “Gentle Rain” and a hearty crop of Benson originals including “Somewhere In The East.” Like all albums in the current CTI reissue series, the CDs are packaged like mini-LPs, complete with original photography by Pete Turner, liner inserts, bonus tracks and discerning production by Richard Seidel who treated these remastered recordings with the respect they deserve. Also check out Freddie Hubbard’s string-kissed “First Light” (1971), the first CTI release to win a Grammy and Stanley Turrentine’s “Salt Song” with its arrangements by Eumir Deadato, with many more reissues on the way. (8 tracks; 54:14 minutes) www.CTIMasterworks.com 
   

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JAZZ IN SPACE: GEORGE BENSON, BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON

Sunday, June 26, 2011

GEORGE BENSON, BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON

“Beyond The Blue Horizon” (CTI/Masterworks Jazz) is Benson’s 1971 label debut and he refines the evocative language on the guitar that he established on his earlier Verve recordings. The album features some of the best playing you’ll hear from Benson. It’s a classic electric guitar/organ soul-jazz date with superb soloing from bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jack DeJohnette and organist Clarence Palmer on affecting renditions of Miles Davis’s “So What,” Luiz Bonfa’s “Gentle Rain” and a hearty crop of Benson originals including “Somewhere In The East.” Like all albums in the current CTI reissue series, the CDs are packaged like mini-LPs, complete with original photography by Pete Turner, liner inserts, bonus tracks and discerning production by Richard Seidel who treated these remastered recordings with the respect they deserve. Also check out Freddie Hubbard’s string-kissed “First Light” (1971), the first CTI release to win a Grammy and Stanley Turrentine’s “Salt Song” with its arrangements by Eumir Deadato, with many more reissues on the way. (8 tracks; 54:14 minutes) www.CTIMasterworks.com 
   

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