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This odd hodgepodge of funk jazz and R&B / pop was recorded by guitarist / vocalist George Benson for A&M / CTI Records around 1970. It first appeared on vinyl in 1984 - long after most anyone cared about Benson's music - and has finally just made it onto CD. There's no personnel listed, but it's worth betting that Idris Muhammad is manning the drums (sounds like flautist Hubert Laws and organist Lonnie Smith make brief appearances too). Benson's guitar, of course, sounds terrific. And his vocals, for those that like his singing, really are quite engaging (especially on the pretty ballad "Out of the Blue").
But this listener favors the funk: his groovilicious take on Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" (Benson scats and mumbles throughout this one) and the surprisingly Blue Note grooves of Benson's two originals, "Bluesadelic" and "Durham's Turn." The remainder of the material finds Benson fairly successfully aiming for the Jackie Wilson / Sam Cooke audience, with little, if anything, to offer jazz listeners. Some of the music is surely worth hearing. But with a running time of just under a half hour, it's hardly worth the twelve bucks you'll have to pay.
Tracks:I Got A Woman; Out of the Blue; Bluesadelic; Durham's Turn; Good Morning, Blues; I Worry 'Bout You; Without Her; She Went A Little Bit Farther; Goodbye, Columbus.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...