Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Two of jazz music's most well know performers team up for the first time on their Concord Music Group release 'Givin' It Up. The first single 'Morning is already at smooth jazz radio, with the single 'Let it Rain' going to Urban AC and AC. The CD also features special guests Herbie Hancock, Paul McCartney, Jill Scott, Chris Botti, Patti Austin, Marion Meadows and Marcus Miller. The duo will be on tour throughout the fall starting in Philadelphia and ending in Los Angeles.
JazzTimes (p.91) - "There's plenty of Jarreau's world-famous vocal tricks, which include tongue-clicking, chest-beating and plenty of crazed scatting."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Benson's fretboard dexterity and melodic invention reveal a musical sensibility fully intact."
Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar, background vocals); George Benson ; Dean Parks, A. Ray Fuller, Michael Hart Thompson , Freddie Fox (guitar); Mike Broening (piano, organ, keyboards, programming); Larry E. Williams (piano, keyboards); Randy Waldman, Rex Rideout (piano); Joe Turano (electric piano, Wurlitzer organ); Freddie Ravel (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ, synthesizer, drums, percussion, programming); Barry J. Eastmond (keyboards); Abraham Laboriel, Sr. (electric bass); Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke (bass guitar); Gregg Field, Michael White , Michael White , Ricky Lawson, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); De'Ante Duckett, Sandra Simmons Williams, Lorraine Perry, Maxi Anderson, Valerie Pinkston, Darlene Perry, Sharon Perry, Alethea Mills, Chavonne Morris (background vocals); Al Jarreau, Patti Austin (vocals, background vocals); Jill Scott, Paul McCartney (vocals); Marion Meadows (saxophone); Chris Botti (trumpet); Patrice Rushen (piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Herbie Hancock (piano); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); East Bay Studios, Tarrytown, NY (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); G Studio Digital, Studio City, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); Lafx, North Hollywood, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); NRG Recording, North Hollywood, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); Porcupine Studios, Phoenix, AZ (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); Ravelation Studios, Los Angeles, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); Revelation Studios, Los Angeles, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); The B Hive, Phoenix, AZ (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); The Pass Studios, Hollywood, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); White Lightning Studios, Sylmar, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); White Lightning, Sylmar, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006); Willyworld Studio, Hollywood Hills, CA (04/18/2006-04/25/2006).
Editors: Bill Airey Smith; Seth Presant.
Photographers: Randee St. Nicholas; Randee Saint Nicholas.
Arrangers: George Benson ; John Burk; Al Jarreau; Patrice Rushen; Marcus Miller; Joe Turano; Mike Broening; Bill Airey Smith; Freddie Ravel; Myron Chandler; Larry E. Williams; Randy Waldman; Rex Rideout; Seth Presant; Barry J. Eastmond; Charles Paakkari.