George Benson: Take Five


Take Five


George Benson (guitar)


In Concert - Carnegie Hall (Sony)

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George Benson (guitar),

Ronnie Foster (keyboards), Will Lee (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Ray Armando (percussion)


Composed by Paul Desmond; arranged & conducted by Dave Matthews


Recorded: live at Carnegie Hall, New York, January 11, 1975; overdubs at Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1976


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Some tuning discrepancies exist here between guitar and bass, but it doesn't matter much, because the track is energetic and Benson's playing has obviously reached its peak. The flaws could be due to the track's genesis, as the original rhythm section was replaced in the studio by Will Lee and Steve Gadd in a last-ditch attempt by CTI to generate sales. Their presence ignited a spark that led to major chart success, and this pre-pop stardom cover version, recorded live at Carnegie Hall, is a clear indication of Benson's mass appeal and strengths as a top concert draw.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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