|Atlanta Review By: Cheryl Armour||New York Review By: Michelle King|
October 16, 2011
Ten-time Grammy winner George Benson is currently on tour in support of his latest album, “Guitar Man,” which was released October 4, 2011. The twelve song collection includes a mix of jazz and pop standards including “Tenderly,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Don’t Know Why,” and “Since I Fell For You.” George was at Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, October 16th for a one night performance.
George Benson is a legendary singer and musician with a career spanning five decades and more than 30 recordings. And let me tell you, he still knows how to rock a crowd! George and the band played many of his classic hits as well as several selections from the new album. It was fun to hear George tell stories between songs of his travels and of other legendary artists he’s met and worked with over the years including Joe Sample who worked with him on "Guitar Man," James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Earl Klugh and Whitney Houston.
The music, of course, was magnificent and the band was fabulous! George was great on vocals and guitar. He is, after all, the “guitar man.” His band included musical greats Tom Hall on keyboard, Oscar Seaton on drums, David Garfield on keyboard and Stanley Banks on bass. They were jamming! They had people singing, dancing and cheering throughout the show. Not wanting the music to end, the crowd begged for more. George and the band obliged with an encore performance which included a couple more songs from the new album. George stopped to shake hands with some of the fans in the front row while exiting the stage. The band jammed on for a few minutes more. After the show, people mingled in the lobby where they were able to purchase cd’s and merchandise. All in all it was a great night with the legendary George Benson!
October 21, 2011
ON BROADWAY at Town Hall NYC
George Benson came to play and entertained us for a sold-out two hour show that included insightful stories of jazz legends (Benson's personal accounts of Monk, Davis, Parker and Coltraine), soulful singing, occasional bursts of laughter, and the guitar playing that brought him a stellar career of almost 50 years and 10 Grammys.
Benson's latest album "GUITAR MAN" is prominently featured throughout the show, and its songs are ones we know and cherish...Stevie's "My Cherie Amour," Michael Jackson's "Lady in My Life" (a loving version that in no way clashes with Stanley Jordan's triumph), a completely inventive Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand", a tender acoustic "Danny Boy," and a sultry "Since I Fell For You."
Are you excited yet? You really can be because George Benson still delivers everything you know and want and then some! "Breezin" brought us back to the day and off we went through Benson standards such as "Love X Love," "Turn Your Love Around," and "This Masquerade." Benson' was accompanied by two keyboardists, a bass guitarist / bass cellist, drummer / percussionist and background vocalist, all having fun and jamming together.
This electric atmosphere got the audience clapping from the start, and by the third chorus of "Give Me the Night" everyone in the audience was up on their feet and dancing. Mr. Benson was, of course, enjoying every moment and even smiling as we shouted back "Tequila!" during his playful version of the classic instrumental.
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