George Benson: Giblet Gravy
George Benson (guitar)
Giblet Gravy (Verve 543 754)
George Benson (guitar), Eric Gale (guitar), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Billy Cobham (drums), Ernie Royal (trumpet), Snooky Young (trumpet), Jimmy Owens (trumpet), Pepper Adams (baritone sax),
Johnny Pacheco (congas), Alan Raph (bass trombone).
Arranged and conducted by Tom McIntosh. Composed by George Benson.
Recorded: New York, February 5, 1968
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
At the time of this session – not his first, but certainly his best at this stage of his career – George Benson was only 25 and had just recorded a few tracks with Miles Davis. With two of the latter’s sidemen in the rhythm section of this 10-piece band, the rising guitar star from Pittsburgh carves a typically groovy and efficient tune, with the help of a skillful arranger. The relaxed swinging horn riffs are a perfect cradle for a magnificently built guitar solo that gathers momentum and speed as it develops, alternating crystal clear single lines and tightly knit chords that would become some of Benson’s trademarks.
Reviewer: Thierry QuĂ©num