Saturday, November 26, 2016

George Benson - Giblet Gravy

No, you're not in Creed Taylor country yet, but you might as well be, for many of the ingredients that would garnish Benson's albums with Taylor are already present in this often enjoyable prototype. The immediate goal was to groom Benson as the next Wes Montgomery (who was about to leave Verve) — and so he covers hit tunes of the day ("Sunny," "Along Comes Mary," "Groovin'"), playing either with a big band plus voices or a neat quintet anchored by Herbie Hancock, and the sound is contoured to give his guitar a warm mellow ambience. But the eclectic Benson is his own man, as his infectious repeated-interval rhythm trademark tells us on his self-composed title track, and despite Tom McIntosh's mostly lame arrangements, George's work is always tasty and irresistibly melodic. 
Richard S. Ginell

Source :

George Benson
Giblet Gravy


1 Along Comes Mary (Almer)  3:02
2 Sunny (Hebb)  2:56
3 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart)  5:32
4 Giblet Gravy (Benson)  4:50
5 Walk on By (Bacharach)  3:26
6 Thunder Walk (Ousley)  4:42
7 Sack O' Woe (Adderley)  3:08
8 Groovin' (Brigati, Cavaliere)  2:46
9 Low Down and Dirty (Benson)  8:40
10 Billie's Bounce (Parker)  6:05
11 What's New ? [alternate take] (Burke, Haggart)  5:31
12 What's New ?
[alternate take] (Burke, Haggart)  5:28

Tracks 11 & 12 previously unissued


George Benson - g
Jimmy Owens - tp, flgh
Ernie Royal, Snookie Young - tp
Alan Raplh - b tr
Pepper Adams - bs
Herbie Hancock - p
Eric Gale or Carl Lynch - g
Ron Carter or Bob Cranshaw - b
Johnny Pacheco - cg
Billy Cobham - dr
Elleen Gilbert, Albertine Robinson, Lois Winter - voc [# 2 & 5]

Recorded at A&R Recording Studios and Capitol Recording Studio, New York City ; February 5,  [# 2, 4 & 5] ; February 6, [# 3, 6, 7, 9 & 12] ; February 8, 1968 [# 1 & 8]


LaroSwing said...

Un des meilleurs albums du grand George. Merci mille fois!

TEO said...

Thanks Mel!!!
Great George Benson not yet in the commercial scene!!!

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Exquisite album.

Luis Lorenzo said...

Mil gracias Mel!!!

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you for early GB.

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes Gracies

Fernando said...

Really Great!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Great post!

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!