George Benson - It's Uptown (1966) [EAC-FLAC]


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George Benson - It's Uptown (1966) [EAC-FLAC]


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01. Clockwise.flac 29.7 MB
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07. Hello Birdie.flac 28.1 MB
08. Bullfight.flac 17 MB
09. Stormy Weather.flac 15.2 MB
10. Eternally.flac 24.3 MB
11. Myna Bird Blues.flac 29.9 MB
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George Benson - It's Uptown (1966)
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George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's hard wailing organ jazz of the same time. George is working with a group that features a young Lonnie Smith on organ, plus Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on sax, and Charlie Persip on drums – all tightly coming together, and jamming hard on the album's short cooking tracks. Tracks include "Clockwise", "Jaguar", "Hello Birdie", and "Bullfight".

While George Benson's solid jazz reputation supposedly rests on his early John Hammond-produced Columbia albums, one listen to this disc will reveal that his interests roamed widely from the beginning. Yes, there is plenty of straightforward bop playing here, with Benson stretching his technical chops on "Hello Birdie" and "Myna Bird Blues" and ruminating thoughtfully on "Willow Weep for Me." But Benson also had an interest in quasi-rock & roll, producing Wes-like octaves on "Young Jaguar," and some Bo Diddley-in-Spain rhythm chording on "Bullfight." The young Benson sounds pure and mellifluous on three vocal numbers, the basic elements of his later successes mostly in place. Yet Benson's backing combo doesn't click on all cylinders; Lonnie Smith is reliable on organ but Ronnie Cuber's blunt baritone sax is rather cumbersome here.


01 - Clockwise
02 - Summertime
03 - Ain't That Peculiar
04 - Jaguar
05 - Willow Weep For Me
06 - A Foggy Day
07 - Hello Birdie
08 - Bullfight
09 - Stormy Weather
10 - Eternally
11 - Myna Bird Blues

*1966/1994 Columbia 476902 2

George Benson - guitar, vocals
Ronnie Cuber - baritone saxophone
Blue Mitchell - trumpet
Lonnie Smith - organ
Ray Lucas, Charlie Persip or Jimmy Lovelace - drums

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