George Benson: Octane
George Benson (guitar)
In Concert - Carnegie Hall (Sony)
Ronnie Foster (keyboards), Will Lee (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Ray Armando (percussion).
Composed by George Benson; arranged & conducted by Dave Matthews.
Recorded: live at Carnegie Hall, New York, January 11, 1975; overdubs at Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1976
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
This recording lacks synergy due to the fact that live and studio performances were merged to create it. There are imperfections, such as the intonation between guitar and bass. But Benson still plays like he has something to prove, and the inclusion of a Hubert Laws flute solo does not put out the fire despite the coolness of that instrument. Benson delivers the goods, and his performance will whet classicists' appetites for original, unaltered tapes that may never see the light of day. Even so, this recording stands as proof of Benson's instrumental prowess.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary