George Benson’s ‘Bad Benson’ is his twelfth studio album recorded on April 22 and June 20, 1974 and released on October 13, 1974 by CTI.
Track Listing : 1.Take Five (Paul Desmond) – 07:08 . 2.Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Johnny Mandel) – 02:56 . 3.My Latin Brother (George Benson) – 06:50 . 4.No Sooner Said Than Done (Phil Upchurch) – 05:59 . 5.Full Compass (Phil Upchurch) – 05:40 . 6.The Changing World (George Benson, Art Gore) – 04:53 . 7.Take The ‘A’ Train (Billy Strayhorn) – 04:13 . 8.Serbian Blue (Don Sebesky) – 13:03 . 9.From Now On (George Benson) – 02:20
Musicians : George Benson – Guitar . Phil Upchurch – Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion . Kenny Barron – Piano . Ron Carter – Bass . Steve Gadd – Drums . Wayne Andre – Trombone . Seymour Barab – Cello . Raymond Beckenstein – Flute . Phil Bodner – Clarinet, Flute, Flute (Alto), Horn (English) . Garnett Brown – Trombone . James Buffington – French Horn . Warren Covington – Trombone . Paul Faulise – Trombone (Bass) . George Marge – Flute, Horn (English), Piccolo . Albert Regni – Clarinet, Flute . Brooks Tillotson – French Horn . Guildhall String Ensemble – Strings . Frank Levy – Cello . Jesse Levy – Cello . Charles Mccracken – Cello . Margaret Ross – Harp . Alan Shulman – Cello . Paul Tobias – Cello
Production : Produced By Creed Taylor . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer . Don Sebesky – Arranger
Recorded April 22 – June 20, 1974 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Released October 13, 1974 By Cti.
All About Jazz
Some tunes are so sacred that any attempt to cover them can only result in failure. Yet George Benson makes this mistake twice on Bad Benson …. […]
Music Mook Review
With a cover like that, you just know it’s going to be B A D! Even when you think the song is just about done Benson has more to give, more shock and awe to throw your wayand the song ends with a flurry of notes that he peels off as if they were nothing. […]
As usual for CTI, the production is slick, Don Sebesky’s charts are tasty if mainstream in style, the overqualified session players do their job, but it is really Benson’s guitar playing that puts this one over the top. […]