George Benson Greatest Hits Of All Jazz Music CD Review

by : Clyde Lee Dennis

Greatest Hits Of All is the latest release from Jazz Sensation George Benson, and is another great one by this talented musician.

This CD will grab your attention right from the start with This Masquerade and won’t let go until the very last note of the very last song Standing Together, which by the way is another great track.

Greatest Hits Of All has a nicely varied, mix of 19 tracks that are very well written songs by this clearly talented artist. With many of the songs displaying a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Seemingly drawing from what I can only imagine are him own real life experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions like love, heartbreak, pain, failed relationships and unattainable romance. They’re all here.

Listen to this CD and I believe you’ll find there's not much to dis-like about it. The songs are inspired, the production is simply outstanding, and George Benson is clearly in top form. So much so that if you're even mildly into Jazz music you'll enjoy this CD.

While the entire CD is really very good the truly standout tunes are track 3 - The Greatest Love Of All, track 9 - Turn Your Love Around, and track 15 - I Just Wanna Hang Around You.

My SmoothLee Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [ in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 11 - Never Give Up On A Good Thing. This is a great track!

Greatest Hits Of All Release Notes:

George Benson originally released Greatest Hits Of All on Jul 08, 2003 on the Rhino Records label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. This Masquerade 2. Breezin' 3. The Greatest Love Of All 4. On Broadway - (live) 5. Love Ballad 6. Unchained Melody 7. Give Me The Night 8. Love X Love 9. Turn Your Love Around 10. Love All The Hurt Away - (with Aretha Franklin) 11. Never Give Up On A Good Thing 12. Being With You 13. Lady Love Me (One More Time) 14. 20/20 15. I Just Wanna Hang Around You 16. Kisses In The Moonlight 17. Shiver 18. Let's Do It Again 19. Standing Together

Personnel: George Benson (vocals, electric guitar); Aretha Franklin (vocals); Claus Ogerman, Quincy Jones, Mike Mainieri (arranger); Gary Herbig (saxophone, flute); Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley (trumpet); Bill Reichenbach (trombone); Greg Phillinganes (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Ronnie Foster (electric piano, synthesizer, keyboards); Herbie Hancock (electric piano); Earl Klugh (acoustic guitar); Phil Upchurch (guitar, bass); Lee Ritenour, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Stanley Banks, Robert Popwell, Jr., Abraham Laboriel, Marcus Miller (bass); Narada Michael Walden (drums, programming); Harvey Mason, Steve Gadd (drums); Ralph MacDonald, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Patti Austin, Diva Gray (background vocals). Producers include: Tommy LiPuma, Michael Masser, Quincy Jones, Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass. Compilation producers: George Benson, Scott Galloway, David McLees. Recorded between 1976 & 1998.