Give Me the Night

Give Me the Night

by George Benson


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This is the peak of George Benson's courtship of the mass market -- a superbly crafted and performed pop album with a large supporting cast -- and wouldn't you know that Quincy Jones, the master catalyst, is the producer. Q's regular team, including the prolific songwriter Rod Temperton and the brilliant engineer Bruce Swedien, is in control, and Benson's voice, caught beautifully in the rich, floating sound, had never before been put to such versatile use. On "Moody's Mood," Benson really exercises his vocalese chops and proves that he is technically as fluid as just about any jazz vocalist, and he become a credible rival to Al Jarreau on the joyous title track. Benson's guitar now plays a subsidiary role -- only two of the ten tracks are instrumentals -- but Q has him play terrific fills behind the vocals and in the gaps, and the engineering gives his tone a variety of striking, new, full-sounding timbres. The instrumentals themselves are marvelous: "Off Broadway" is driving and danceable, and Ivan Lins' "Dinorah, Dinorah" grows increasingly seductive with each play. Benson should have worked with Jones from this point on, but this would be their only album together.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992740623
catalogNumber: 3453
Rank: 24936

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,scat
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
George Duke   Keyboards
Herbie Hancock   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
David Foster   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jocelyn Brown   Background Vocals
Jocelyn Allen   Vocals
Tom Bahler   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Wind
Clare Fischer   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals,Background Vocals
Diva Gray   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Saxophone,Wind
Louis Johnson   Bass
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
David Paich   Synthesizer
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Lee Ritenour   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Richard Tee   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Carlos Vega   Drums
Larry Williams   Flute,Saxophone,Wind

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
James Moody   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Gilson Peranzzetta   Composer
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Paul Williams   Composer
David Walinski   Composer

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