Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

George Benson - Best Of: The Instrumentals (1997)


A compilation of smooth instrumental jazz from Benson's years with Warner Brothers (so there's nothing here from A&M or CBS). Tracks here were recorded in the years 1976-1996. Good, but could have been better if they could have delved back into the older catalogs.

Tracks: The classic Breezin' is first rate as are Benson's version of Donnie Hathaway's Valdez In The Country, Tenderly, and Dinorah, Dinorah. Weaker cuts include Mimosa and We All Remember Wes (sorry, Stevie).

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I bought this solely based on Benson's proven musicianship and Valdez In The Country, a favorite piece ever since I was introduced to it in high school jazz band.

Previously revisited for the blog:
20/20 (1985)
The George Benson Collection (1981)

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