George Benson: Witchcraft
George Benson (guitar)
Witchcraft (Jazz Hour JHR 73523)
George Benson (guitar),
Mickey Tucker (piano), George Duvivier (bass), Al Harewood (drums).
Composed by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh.
Recorded: live at Casa Caribe, Plainfield, NJ, April 1973
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Benson's commercial success meant overproduced albums and an increased emphasis on his pleasing vocals, which diminished opportunities to display his full guitar prowess, except for certain concert, festival and club appearances. He maintained a realistic and sanguine attitude about all this: " People who love jazz musicians love us when we play what we want to play, and we're starving. But then, as soon as you commercialize your sound...the jazz fans and critics are down on you. Want to hear me play jazz? Pay me. Give me a million dollars and I'll make the greatest jazz record you ever heard, 'cause that's what I'd lose playing it." In April 1973 live at The Casa Caribe, he gave the "purists" what they wanted. On "Witchcraft" he digs in after Tucker's jubilant piano solo, burning through his solo with a fantastic blend of extended phrasings and dynamic chorded passages.
Reviewer: Scott Albin