Benson, George - Inspiration - A Tribute To Nat King Cole (CD)

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Categories
JazzMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Jazz Instrument
  3. Guitar
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
Media
CD
BarCode
888072342682
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Fantasy
Distributor
Universal Distribution
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
Audio CD
Barcode
888072342682
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Mona Lisa
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Just One Of Those Things
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Unforgettable
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] When I Fall In Love
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Route 66
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Nature Boy
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Ballerina
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Smile
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Starighten Up And Fly Right
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Too Young
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Mona Lisa
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Mona Lisa
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Just One of Those Things
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Unforgettable
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] When I Fall in Love - (featuring Idina Menzel)
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Route 66
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Nature Boy
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Ballerina
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Smile
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Straighten Up and Fly Right
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Too Young
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Mona Lisa
Genre
Jazz
Country
USA
Notes

Tributee: Nat King Cole.
Tributee: Nat King Cole.
Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Tim May (guitar); Adam Diderrich, Robert Patrignani, Tomas Cotik, Zack Piper, Victor Colmenares, Steffen Zeichner, Patricia Jancova, Michelle Mlacker, Michelle Godbee, Katrina Schaeffer, Karin O'Keefe, Jonah Osawa, James Raynolds , Arianne Urban, Abby Young (violin); Marcela Fern ndez, Lauren Miller, Robyn Savitzky, Kathryn Severing (viola); Joy Adams, Cecilia Huerta, Sarah Gongware, Chia-Li Yu, Andrew Kromholz (cello); Cassandra Eisenreich (flute); Kevin McKeown, Neil Carson (alto saxophone); Alex Weitz, Mark Small (tenor saxophone); Derek Smith (baritone saxophone); Jared Hall, Ryan Chapman, Gilbert Paz, Chris Burbank (trumpet); Jon Anderson (French horn); Major Bailey, Chris Gagne, Kendall Moore, Stephen Szabadi (trombone); Randy Waldman (piano); Gregg Field (drums); Michael Fisher (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Al Schmitt; Seth Presant.
Liner Note Author: George Benson .
Recording information: Randini Studio; The Hit Factory Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; The Village Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Greg Allen .
George Benson's place as one of the greatest and most successful guitarists in the history of jazz is secure, but what's easy to forget sometimes is that he began his career as a vocalist, and if this release, a tribute to Nat King Cole, comes as any kind of surprise, it shouldn't. Benson's and Cole's careers are remarkably similar, both becoming known first as instrumentalists, Cole as a pianist, and Benson, of course, as a guitarist, with both eventually easing into the pop mainstream because of their voices. Cole was a one of a kind vocalist, of course, and even Benson wouldn't claim to equal him as a singer, but Benson has a similarly soothing and lush tenor voice that more than holds its own on these familiar songs. The album is bookended by two versions of the Cole classic "Mona Lisa," the first a rare recording of Benson at the age of eight singing it sweetly and charmingly while playing ukulele, while the album closes with a full big-band, Nelson Riddle-arranged orchestral version that also features some sweet guitar from Benson. In between are warm, smooth, and soothing versions of "Walking My Baby Back Home" and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," a bouncing and bopping "Route 66," and nice takes on "Unforgettable" (featuring Wynton Marsalis), "When I Fall in Love" (featuring Idina Menzel), "Smile" (featuring Till Br”nner), and "Too Young" (featuring Judith Hill), all given the full big-band orchestral treatment from the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra conducted by Randy Waldman (Waldman also arranged several of the pieces here). It all adds up to a sweet and very impressive album, full of warmth and heart, and it swings where it should. ~ Steve Leggett

Duration
40m 44s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
George Benson (Guitar)
Producer
John Burke; Randy Waldman
Artists
  1. Benson, George
Date Released
2013-05-01 00:00:00
Engineer
Dave Poler; Jeff Jones "the Jedi Master"; Al Schmitt; Seth Presant
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