George Benson: The Ghetto
George Benson (guitar, vocals)
Absolute Benson (GRP 314 543 586-2)
Carlos Hendriquez (bass), Vidal Davis (drums), Luisito Quintero (percussion), Claudia Acuna, Lisa Fischer, India, Richard Shade (background vocals).
Recorded: Platinum Audio, New York 1999
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
George Benson covers Donny Hathaway on the opening track from his 2000 album Absolute Benson, which prominently featured keyboardist Joe Sample. On this Latin-inflected number, Benson scats along with his tasteful, well-chosen bluesy guitar lines, Sample’s Wurlitzer providing subtle enhancement. This tune reminds anyone who might have forgotten how articulate a guitarist Benson is, and reveals how well matched he and Sample are.
Reviewer: Lucy Tauss