The Essential George Benson

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The Essential George Benson
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Compilation album by
ReleasedMarch 28, 2006
RecordedJune 5, 1963 - August 11, 1980
George Benson chronology
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The Essential George Benson is a compilation album by American jazz musician George Benson, released in 2006 as a double-disc, 21-track career-spanning anthology.[1] It is part of Sony BMG's Essential series of compilation albums.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
PopMatters6/10 stars[3]

Jazz Times refers to the album as "an extraordinary musician by any standard, Benson comes close to redeeming some horribly dated CTI material, including 'White Rabbit', a landmark in schlock. There are also highlights from other key players-don’t miss Kenny Barron’s Rhodes solo on the 1974 Don Sebesky arrangement of 'Take Five.' Write off the R&B tracks if you must, but they’re flawlessly realized. 'This Masquerade' is a model of pure, economical soul singing. 'On Broadway' appears in a 10-minute live version."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."Rock Candy" (featuring Jack McDuff)Jack McDuffRock Candy (1972)6:12
2."Shadow Dancers"George BensonThe New Boss Guitar of George Benson (1964)4:45
3."Clockwise"George BensonIt's Uptown (1966)4:28
4."Willow Weep for Me"Ann RonellIt's Uptown (1966)7:48
5."A Foggy Day"George Gershwin, Ira GershwinIt's Uptown (1966)2:39
6."The Borgia Stick"George BensonThe George Benson Cookbook (1967)3:09
7."Paraphernalia" (featuring Miles Davis)Wayne ShorterMiles in the Sky (1968)12:38
8."Sugar" (featuring Stanley Turrentine)Stanley TurrentineSugar (1970)10:05
9."So What"Miles DavisBeyond the Blue Horizon (1971)9:19
10."Ode to a Kudu"George BensonBeyond the Blue Horizon (1971)4:41
11."California Dreaming"John Phillips, Michelle PhillipsWhite Rabbit (1972)7:19

Disc two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."White Rabbit"Grace SlickWhite Rabbit (1972)6:56
2."Body Talk"George BensonBody Talk (1973)8:22
3."Take Five"Paul DesmondBad Benson (1974)7:07
4."Summertime" (Live)George GershwinIn Concert-Carnegie Hall (1976)6:05
5."Breezin'"Bobby WomackBreezin' (1976)5:21
6."This Masquerade"Leon RussellBreezin' (1976)8:04
7."On Broadway"Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Barry Mann, Cynthia WeilWeekend in L.A. (1978)10:10
8."Give Me the Night"Rod TempertonGive Me the Night (1980)5:02
9."Hip Skip" (featuring Tony Williams)George BensonThe Joy of Flying (1978)8:07
10."Gotham City" (featuring Dexter Gordon)Dexter GordonGotham City (1980)9:19

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide March 28, 2006 Columbia Records, Legacy Records[5][6] CD 118065/2005330