George Benson – Body Talk (1973/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

George Benson – Body Talk (1973/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:52 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © CTI Records
Recorded: July 17-18, 1973 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

With an eye and ear on what was happening on the soul charts — James Brown in particular — Benson made a decided swerve toward R&B on this release. Indeed the JB’s Pee Wee Ellis turns up as a big band arranger on three tracks, and he no doubt had a direct influence on the distinct JB groove of one of the non-big-band tunes, “Dance.” It should come as no surprise by now that this formidable guitarist has no problem handling any kind of groove, although the mixed rhythm section of Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, electric pianist Harold Mabern, and percussionist Mobutu sometimes sends mixed messages. Earl Klugh has a few tasty moments on his own, and there are some reconnaissance flights back to the jazz side of George, which he handles with his usual confident aplomb.

1 Dance 8:15
2 When Love Has Grown 4:50
3 Plum 5:20
4 Body Talk 8:20
5 Top Of The World 9:45

George Benson – guitar
Earl Klugh – guitar
Harold Mabern – electric piano
Ron Carter – bass
Gary King – electric bass
Jack DeJohnette – drums
Mobutu – percussion
Gerald Chamberlain, Dick Griffin – trombone
Jon Faddis, John Gatchell, Waymon Reed – trumpet
Frank Foster – tenor saxophone
Pee Wee Ellis – arranger, conductor