Love Remembers

Love Remembers

by George BensonGeorge Benson


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By the time George Benson released Love Remembers for Warner in 1993, he had basically accomplished everything a musician could ever dream of: he has played with a who's who of jazz greats, scored big as both a jazz and an R&B artist, won numerous Grammys, and had his name become synonymous with two different radio formats: adult contemporary and smooth jazz. Long the bane of "serious" jazz critics, Benson didn't even need to think about it: he made music that communicated to millions from one record to the next -- the man had a single or album somewhere on the charts ubiquitously from 1975 until the turn of the 20th century! This 12-track set listed a number of fine producers on its roster including Bob James, Stewart Levine, Gary Henry, Jimmy George, and David Gamson, in addition to the man himself . The set begins with the laid-back funky soul of Brian McKnight's "I'll Be Good to You." Benson's voice and Wah Wah Watson's guitar twin intro lines in trademark fashion before gliding right into the sensual lyric. The interesting thing here -- besides the overwhelming infectiousness of the groove -- is what a fine singer Benson had become by this time. With Ndugu Chandler on the kit, William Bryant on the Fender Rhodes, Bill Summers on percussion, and McKnight on backing vocals, the tune is unbeatable as an album opener -- radio listeners thought so, too. "Got to Be There" is a romantic ballad with Benson in the guitar as well as vocal chairs, Melvin Davis holding down the big bank of keys, and Gary Henry handling the programmed loops and percussion samples. It's elegant, graceful and drenched in atmosphere. The old CTI gang gets together again on the Bob James produced instrumental "My Heart Is Dancing" by Omar Hakim. James Benson, Hubert Laws, Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, and Hakim team with relative newcomer Kirk Whalum on saxophone. It's an easy, mysterious groover with hip guitar work and horn charts. Another fine instrumental on the set is Whalum's "Willing to Fight," with James, bassist Will Lee, Hakim, Whalum and especially Benson all in fine form. This one got played like crazy on contemporary jazz radio stations at the time, and despite the dated sound of its production, holds up beautifully as a composition. Benson turns in another inspired vocal performance on "Lovin' on Borrowed Time," a mid-tempo soul tune written by Benson and John F. Hammond. A real surprise is the second from last cut, a cover of Ronnie Foster's "Lost in Love," with Phil Upchurch guesting on rhythm guitar and the composer on keyboards along with Paulinho Da Costa on percussion. A shimmering buckle shiner of a track, its groove is drenched in melody with Foster's keys hovering right around Benson's lead lines with Upchurch painting the backdrop with gorgeous chord fills. Love Remembers is certainly a solid high mark for Benson in the '90s, and anyone interested in Benson's brand of pop will be delighted with it.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2008
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140668522
catalogNumber: 6685
Rank: 104616

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Lead
John Hammond   Keyboards
Gwen Guthrie   Vocals,Lead
Michael Colina   Synthesizer,Bass
Ronnie Foster   Keyboards
Omar Hakim   Drums
Bob James   Piano
Pat Kelley   Rhythm Guitar
Hubert Laws   Flute
John Patitucci   Bass
Phil Upchurch   Rhythm Guitar
Bill Summers   Percussion
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Darryl Tookes   Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
Brian McKnight   Vocals,Background Vocals
Angela Clemmons-Patrick   Background Vocals
Michael Bearden   Piano
Randy Brecker   Flugelhorn
William Bryant   Guitar,fender rhodes
Roger Byam   Saxophone
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Melvin Davis   Synthesizer
Nathan East   Bass
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Bonnie Foster   Keyboards
Bruce Frazier   Conductor
David Gamson   Keyboards
Jimmy George   Synthesizer
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs   Percussion
Erik Hanson   Synthesizer
Gary Henry   Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Hilary James   Background Vocals
Sharon Jerry-Collins   Background Vocals,Vibes
Joseph Joubert   Keyboards
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Gerry Knight   Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar
Will Lee   Bass
Harvey Mason   Drums
Olivia McClurkin   Background Vocals
Jeff Mironov   Rhythm Guitar
Jeanne Ricks   Background Vocals
Max Risenhoover   Synthesizer Drums
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals
Rose Stone   Background Vocals
Richard Tee   Electric Piano
Randy Waldman   Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Fred Washington   Bass
Wah Wah Watson   Guitar
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Whitham   Piano
David Witham   Piano
Aaron Zigman   Keyboards
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Owen Guthrie   Vocals
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
John F. Hammond   Keyboards
Bob James & Creations   Piano
Steven Benson Hue   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Arranger
George Benson   Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Colina   Arranger,Programming,Remixing
Bob James   Producer
Ray Bardani   Arranger,Engineer,Remixing
Michael Bearden   Arranger
Paulinho Da Costa   Contributor
David Gamson   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Claude Gaudette   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jimmy George   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Erik Hanson   Programming
Gary Henry   Arranger,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Sequencers
Joseph Joubert   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Richard Kaye   Engineer
Daren Klein   Engineer
Matthew "Boomer" La Monica   Engineer
Stewart Levine   Arranger,Producer
Max Risenhoover   Programming,drum programming
Schmitt   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Stephen Short   Engineer
Kendal Stubbs   Engineer
Charles Wallert   Producer
Kirk Whalum   Arranger
Steve Benson   drum programming,Sequencers
Christine Cano   Art Direction
Tim Lauber   Engineer
Ken Fritz   Director
Leonard Richardson   Executive Producer
Chris Rich   Engineer
Pamela Byers   Director
Sunny Delight   Programming
John F. Hammond   Arranger
Bob James & Creations   Producer
Steven Benson Hue   Arranger,drum programming

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