2009 George Benson – Songs And Stories

benson-george-2009Songs and Stories is a studio album by jazz musician George Benson. The album was released by Concord on August 25, 2009.

George Benson (born March 22, 1943)  is an American musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter. He began his professional career at 21 as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.

A former child prodigy, Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. His album Breezin’ was certified triple-platinum, hitting no. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976. His concerts were well attended through the 1980s, and he still has a large following. He has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tracks

1  Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (James Taylor) 3:47
2  Family Reunion (Catero Colbert, Rod Temperton) 4:18
3  Show Me The Love (Steve Lukather, Marcus Miller, David Paich) 4:17
4  A Telephone Call Away (Bill Withers) 5:56
5  Someday We’ll All Be Free (Donny Hathaway, Edward Howard) 6:21
6  Nuthin’ But A Party (Robert Harris, Christopher Lomax, Marlon McClain, Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman) 5:31
7  Come In From The Cold (Marc Broussard, Radney Foster, Justin Tocket) 4:32
8  Exotica (Marcus Miller) 5:30
9  Rainy Night In Georgia (Tony Joe White) 4:51
10  One Like You (David Garfield, Smokey Robinson) 4:43
11  Living In High Definition (Lamont Dozier) 7:15
12  Sailing (Christopher Cross) 5:16

Media

Musicians

1 Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

BassMarcus Miller
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarToninho Horta
Fender RhodesWilliam Magalhaes
OrganBruno Cardozo
GuitarGeorge Benson
Human BeatboxButterscoth
VocalsPaulinho Da Costa


2 Family Reunion

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsMarcus Miller
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionMarcus Miller
Background VocalsCarolyn Perry
Background VocalsLori Perry
Background VocalsPatti Austin
Background VocalsSharon Perry
VocalsGeorge Benson


3 Show Me The Love

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsDavid Paich
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
VocalsGeorge Benson


4 A Telephone Call Away

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SaxGerald Albright
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsCarolyn Perry
Background VocalsLori Perry
Background VocalsPatti Austin
Background VocalsSharon Perry
VocalsGeorge Benson
VocalsLalah Hathaway


5 Someday We’ll All Be Free

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsGeorge Benson


6 Nuthin’ But A Party

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
Drums (programming)Marcus Miller
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarNorman Brown
PianoGreg Phillinganes
VocalsGeorge Benson


7 Come In From The Cold

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
GuitarGeorge Benson
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
SaxTom Scott
VocalsGeorge Benson


8 Exotica

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
GuitarWahWah Watson
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
PercussionMarcus Miller
VocalsGeorge Benson
VocalsPatti Austin


9 Rainy Night In Georgia

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
GuitarGeorge Benson
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
VocalsGeorge Benson


10 One Like You

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
GuitarLee Ritenour
Acoustic GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsDavid Garfield
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsJJ Blair
Background VocalsLeslie Smith
Background VocalsSmokey Robinson
VocalsGeorge Benson


11 Living In High Definition

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarJohn Jubu Smith
GuitarWahWah Watson
PianoGreg Phillinganes
VibraphoneMarcus Miller
VocalsGeorge Benson


12 Sailing

DrumsMaguinho Alcantara
GuitarGeorge Benson
Acoustic GuitarMarcelo Lima
Acoustic GuitarToninho Horta
Fender RhodesWilliam Magalhaes
KeyboardsBruno Cardozo
VocalsGeorge Benson
Wind ChimesNoel Lee

Liner Notes

Producer – Marcus Miller, John Burk
Co-producer – David Paich, Steve Lukather (Tracks 3)
Producer (Associate) – Forest Sprague, Michael O’Neill, Toninho Horta (Tracks 1, 12)
Producer (Executive) – Noel Lee, John Burk
Arranged By – Rod Temperton (Track 2)
Arranged By – Marcus Miller (Tracks 6, 8)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Track 3)
Arranged By (Horns) – Victor Vanacore (Track 4)
Arranged By (Horns) – Marcus Miller (Tracks 4, 11)
Arranged By (Horns) – Tom Scott (Track 7)
Arranged By (Strings) – Victor Vanacore (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Marcus Miller (Tracks 2, 10, 11)
Arranged By (Strings & Horns) – David Paich (Track 3)
Engineer (Assistant) – Aaron Walk, Martin Cooke, Steve Cohen, Tom Syrowski
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Sangwook Nam
Mixed By – Don Murray
Recorded By – Guilherme Canaes, J.J. Blair, Jeff Harris, John Wroble, Noel Zancanella, Seth Presant, Stefan Nordin, Taka Honda, Don Murray

Photography, Design (Packaging), Art Direction – Greg Allen

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Concord Music Group, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Monster LLC
Copyright (c) – Concord Music Group, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Monster LLC
Marketed By – Concord Music Group, Inc.
Distributed By – Universal Music Group International
Recorded At – Henson Recording Studios
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Recorded At – The Village Studios
Recorded At – Porcupine Studios, Chandler, AZ
Recorded At – Hannibal Studios, Santa Monica
Recorded At – ATS Studios, Calabasas
Recorded At – Mega Studio, Rio de Janeiro
Recorded At – Fox Force Five
Mixed At – G Studio Digital
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab