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Big Boss Band
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Album: Big Boss Band
# Song Title   Time
1)    Without a Song
2)    Ready Now That You Are
3)    How Do You Keep the Music Playing? - (duet with Carmen Bradford)
4)    On Green Dolphin Street
5)    Baby Workout
6)    I Only Have Eyes for You
7)    Portrait of Jennie
8)    Walkin' My Baby Back Home
9)    Skylark
10)    Basie's Bag
 
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  • Full performer name: George Benson/Count Basie Orchestra.
  • Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Carmen Bradford (vocals); Barry Eastmond (piano, keyboards); Richard Tee (keyboards); Ron Carter (bass); Ralph MacDonald, Bashiri Johnson (percussion); The Robert Farnon Orchestra.
  • The Count Basie Orchestra: Frank Foster III, Clarence Banks, Carl "Ace" Carter, George Cohn, Cleveland Eaton, David Glasser, Kenneth Hing, William Hughes, Duffy Jackson, Charlton Johnson, Doug Miller, Bob Ojeda, Byron Stripling, Danny Turner, Melvin Wanzo, Johnny Williams, Mike Williams, Tim Williams.
  • New York Horns: Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Larry Farrell, Paul Faluse, Earl Gardner, Keith O'Quinn, James Pugh, Lew Soloff.
  • Engineers: Al Schmitt, Peter Darmi, Elliot Scheiner.
  • Recorded at Clinton Recording and The Power Station, New York; CTS Studios, Wembley, England.
  • A very personal project for George Benson, BIG BOSS BAND fulfills a promise he made to Count Basie before his death--that he would do a recording in Basie style. Seven years later, Benson stepped in front of the Count Basie Orchestra to tackle the difficult task of being both big band singer and lead guitarist on BIG BOSS BAND. The recording was, no doubt, quite an undertaking for Benson. The music is challenging to sing, and in spite of his best efforts, he seems to have trouble keeping up on some of the pieces, particularly the scat singing; he seems most comfortable vocally with Jackie Wilson's "Baby Workout."
  • Other numbers worth noting are the romantic ballad "I Only Have Eyes for You," and a wonderful and well-blended duet with singer Carmen Bradford on "How Do You Keep the Music Playing." The instrumental closing track "Basie's Bag," is prime swinging Benson. Benson isn't a big band vocalist, but he is an excellent lead guitarist, and with this recording's outstanding musical selections and arrangements, he gets an "A" for effort.
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