Body Talk (CTI: 40th Anniversary Ed)Sony Masterworks
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George Benson's Body Talk climbed the Billboard jazz chart to #10 in 1973, an early indication of Benson's successful move into soulful pop. 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... It should come as no surprise by now that this formidable guitarist has no problem handling any kind of groove... 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. (All Music Guide). This release includes an alternate take of the title track. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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So many times in contemporary popular music–in jazz, rock, blues, folk or beyond–the man with the guitar is the fulcrum on which all other sounds and voices hinge. He's the core, the engine, the captain who leads and inspires the rest of the team. George Benson has been that man for nearly a half-century. In a career that spans five decades, more than 30 recordings as a leader and 10 Gram...
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