With over forty years as an esteemed recording artist and entertainer, George Benson has become a true legend of our time. Continually progressing as both guitarist and vocalist, Benson's lasting success is perhaps best explained by his ability to invent fresh and creative ways to communicate his distinctive musical voice. Absolute Benson is the newest chapter of this illustrious career and in a sense, a return to his beginnings. Primarily instrumental, (only three vocal tracks), it focuses on Benson's noteworthy guitar virtuosity in a modernized acoustic quartet setting. With the exception of the opening tracks "The Ghetto" and "El Barrio", which are collaborations with the Masters at Work production gurus who bring energized latin flavored percussive dance arrangements to a Donnie Hathaway classic, Absolute Benson is filled with George's signature guitar style and emotionally charged lyricism.
W. Stiefele in Audio 7 / 00: "Wie kein zweiter versteht
sich George Benson darauf, komplexe Gitarrenläufe klar
wie Kinderliedmelodien klingen und tierisch grooven
zu lassen. Die Kraft des R & B paart sich im Jazz-
Spielwitz, vereinzelt kommen Latin-Elemente ins Spiel.
Cracks wie Joe Sample, Keyboards, oder Cindy Blackman
und Steve Gadd, Drums, würzen mit unauffällig-effektiven