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George Benson (Guitar): Give Me the Night

Album Notes

Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Richard Tee (synthesizer); Lee Ritenour (guitar); Louis Johnson (bass); John Robinson (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Patti Austin, The Brothers Johnson, Tom Bahler (background vocals).

Also available with BREEZIN' on 1 cassette.

This 1980 release, the first on producer Quincy Jones' Quest label, is one of George Benson's best. GIVE ME THE NIGHT is an album packed with one great pop tune after another finding Benson at his vocal best. The hit songs range from "Love X Love" to "Moody's Mood" to the title track, proving that he can do more than just make his guitar sing.

He sings with versatility and sensitivity, rivaling just about any big jazz vocalist. Only two of the ten tracks are instrumentals, and those too are excellent pieces where Benson's playing will make even a modern day jazz skeptic take note. This recording features a slew of heavyweights including Lee Ritenour, Herbie Hancock, Greg Philinganes and Patti Austin. Quincy Jones provides rhythm, synthesizer and vocal arrangements for several pieces.


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