on 14 November 2001
I believe that this was George Benson's first album and it is truly brilliant. It begins with 'Clockwise', a fast and furious jazz workout and just gets better from then on! The rest of the band are outstanding and George's playing is unbelievable. There are three jazz standards with beautiful vocals including the best version of 'Summertime' I've ever heard -
It is funky, top notch and you'll groove for the full hour if you buy it (and you should!)
This is an interesting debut from Benson.
The guitar work is clever and the musicianship tight, but my gut feeling with this album is that he is almost trying too hard. He re-interprets a number of well known numbers but in my humble opinion, strays too far from the original formula.