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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

George Benson 1977 Weekend In L. A.




Genre: Jazz
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 48000
Time: 01:09:28
Size: 159,08 MB

United States

review by Richard S. Ginell

Recording live at Los Angeles' Roxy club -- then a showcase for many of the hottest acts in pop -- was just the tonic that George Benson and his Breezin' band needed on this often jumping album. With unusually lively crowds (for a record-industry watering hole) shouting encouragement, the band gets deep into the four-on-the-floor funk and Benson digs in hard, his rhythmic instincts on guitar sharp as ever. The balance between vocals and instrumentals is about even -- George's voice sounds more throaty and soul-oriented than before -- and amid the new material, there is a revisit to a favored CTI-era instrumental, the lovely "Ode to a Kudu." This album also introduced "On Broadway," an extended stomping version of the Drifters' hit that would become Benson's climactic showstopper for years. The only superfluous element is the after-the-fact addition of Nick DeCaro's string synthesizer backdrop; the real Claus Ogerman-arranged thing would have been preferable if strings are a must.



Tracklist:

01 - Weekend In L. A. 07:29

02 - On Broadway 10:08



03 - Down Here On The Ground 04:55

04 - California P. M. 07:04

05 - The Greatest Love Of All 05:44



06 - It's All In The Game 03:55

07 - Windsong 06:13

08 - Ode To A Kudu 07:27

09 - Lady Blue 03:40

10 - We All Remember Wes 05:48

11 - We As Love 07:05





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