George Benson: Eternally
George Benson (guitar)
Itís Uptown (Columbia/Legacy 502469 )
Ray Lucas (drums).
Composed by George Benson.
Recorded: New York, March 15, 1966
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
On this Latin-esque minor blues tune from his 1965 debut album Itís Uptown, Benson unleashes the controlled urgency and masterful fluidity that would become his signature in the 1970s. Although the tune is presented in a rhythmic style that suggests the laid-back cool of a 1960s cocktail party, George Benson comes out of the gates on fire, making nothing but exacting melodic and rhythmic musical statements with not one extraneous note throughout his five solo choruses. His playing style, although not fully developed, is quite apparent, and clearly distinguishable from its influences (Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Hank Garland are a few that come to mind). The urban-blues consciousness, blistering technique, rhythmic freedom and melodic and harmonic sophistication, are all on display in two riveting minutes of improvisation.
Reviewer: Bobby Broom