George Benson’s ‘Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole’

George Benson’s ‘Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole’ is a studio album (featuring covers of Cole’s greatest songs) released on June 4, 2013 by Concord Jazz.

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Track Listing : 1.Mona Lisa (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 00:56 . 2.Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter) – 02:42 . 3.Unforgettable (Irving Gordo) – 05:05 . 4.Walkin’ My Baby Back Home (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk) – 02:43 . 5.When I Fall In Love (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) – 04:03 . 6.Route 66 (Bobby Troup) – 03:50 . 7.Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez) – 02:39 . 8.Ballerina (Bob Russell, Carl Sigma) – 02:46 . 9.Smile (Charlie Chaplin, Geoffrey Parsons, James John Turner Phillips) – 03:22 . 10.Straighten Up And Fly Right (Nat King Cole, Irving Mills) – 03:05 . 11.Too Young (Sylvia Dee, Sidney Lippma) – 03:27 . 12.I’M Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young) – 03:04 . 13.Mona Lisa (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 03:02

Musicians : George Benson – Guitar, Vocals . Nat King Cole – Vocals . Lil’ Georgie Benson – Ukulele, Vocals On (1) . Henry Mancini Institude Orchestra – Orchestra . Randy Waldman – Piano, Vocals (Background) . Chuck Berghofer – Bass . Rachel Hershey – Bass . Jeff Kipperman – Bass . Yen-Ling Lin – Bass . Gregg Field – Drums . Till Brönner – Trumpet . Wynton Marsalis – Trumpet . Judith Hill – Vocals . Idina Menzel – Vocals . Cassandra Eisenreich – Flute . Jon Anderson – French Horn . Tim May – Guitar . Michael Fisher – Percussion . Sheila E. – Percussion . Neil Carson – Sax (Alto) . Kevin Mckeown – Sax (Alto) . Derek Smith – Sax (Baritone) . Mark Small – Sax (Tenor) . Alex Weitz – Sax (Tenor) . Chris Gagne – Trombone . Major Bailey – Trombone . Kendall Moore – Trombone . Stephen Szabadi – Trombone . Chris Burbank – Trumpet . Ryan Chapman – Trumpet . Jared Hall – Trumpet . Gilbert Paz – Trumpet . Joy Adams – Cello . Sarah Gongware – Cello . Cecilia Huerta – Cello . Andrew Kromholz – Cello . Chia-Li Yu – Cello . Steffen Zeichner – Concert Master, Violin . Marcela Fernández – Viola . Lauren Miller – Viola . Robyn Savitzky – Viola . Kathryn Severing – Viola . Victor Colmenares – Violin . Tomas Cotik – Violin . Adam Diderrich – Violin . Michelle Godbee – Violin . Patricia Jancova – Violin . Michelle Mlacker – Violin . Karin O’Keefe – Violin . Jonah Osawa – Violin . Robert Patrignani – Violin . Zack Piper – Violin . James Raynolds – Violin . Katrina Schaeffer – Violin . Arianne Urban – Violin . Abby Young – Violin . Alvin Chea – Vocals (Background) . Don Chelton – Vocals (Background) . Janey Clewer – Vocals (Background) . Chris Papastephanou – Vocals (Background) . Scott Flavin – Conductor . Randy Waldman – Conductor

Production : Produced By John Burke, Randy Waldman . Dave Poler – Engineer . Seth Presant – Engineer, Mixing . Al Schmitt – Engineer, Mixing . Jeff Jones “The Jedi Master” – Engineer . Chad Jolley – Assistant Engineer . Shinnosuke Miyazawa – Assistant Engineer . Chris Owens – Assistant Engineer . Paul Blakemore – Mastering

Package : Monica Schweiger – Stylist . Larissa Collins – Creative Director . Rachel Hoke – Hair Stylist, Make-Up . Greg Allen – Art Direction, Photography

Recorded In 2012 – 2013.

Released On June 4, 2013 By Concord Jazz.

(Source Official Site)

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Something Else!.
. But even the presence of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s clarion horn on warhorses like “Unforgettable” fails to reanimate songs that have simply been pounded into cultural dust by an avalanche of movie soundtracks… […]

All About Jazz
More importantly, whoever he may sound like, he’s consistently excellent. Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole is actually a superb tribute to Cole and Benson. […]

The Jazz Line
There were plenty of times on the album where Benson could have given us a bit of that R&B flavor he is known for, but for the most part, he sticks to Cole’s compositions, leaving much to the imagination. […]

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