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George Benson (Guitar): Beyond the Blue Horizon

Album Reviews:

Q (4/02, p.130) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Benson nods to former employer MIles Davis with a cover of Davis's epochal 'So What' and explores subtle rhythms on 'Somewhere In The East'..."

Down Beat (12/97, p.94) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "Guitarists should be pleased about the re-release of this classic by George Benson..."

Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.125) - "...Finds the guitarist in swaggering form..."

Album Notes

Personnel: George Benson (guitar); Clarence Palmer (organ); Ron Carter (bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums); Michael Cameron, Albert Nicholson (percussion).

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 2-3, 1971. Includes liner notes by Steve Futterman.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

In 1971, long before George Benson got the idea to sing more regularly, he recorded BLUE HORIZON, a straight-ahead soul-jazz session. Here, the main focus is on Benson's guitar playing, which is sharp and lively throughout. His band on this recording includes two ex-Miles Davis band-members, Ron Carter (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums), both of whom play with forceful finesse.



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