Friday, November 23, 2012
"George Benson - White Rabbit- 1971 US":
For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such. The idea works best on "California Dreamin'" (whose chords are based on Andalusian harmonies), where, driven by Jay Berliner's exciting Spanish rhythm guitar, Benson comes through with some terrifically inspired playing.
On "El Mar," Berliner is replaced by Earl Klugh (then only 17) in an inauspicious though at the time, widely-heralded recorded debut.
The title track is another winner, marred only by the out-of-tune brasses at the close, and in a good example of the CTI classical/jazz formula.
Herbie Hancock gets plenty of nimble solo space on Rhodes electric piano, Airto Moreira contributes percussion and atmospheric wordless vocals and Ron Carter and Billy Cobham complete the high-energy rhythm section. (by request)
-by dj fanis: here