2009-10-16 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

George Benson Comes To Westbury 10/22

George Benson George Benson Grammy Award win n ing guitar legend, George Benson will appear at the Capital One Bank Theatre at West bury on Thursday, October 22 at 8 p.m.

George Benson is one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format. Yet Benson can also sing in a lush soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hath away. This one time child prodigy topped the Bill - board 200 in 1976 with the tripleplatinum album, Breezin. The al - bum became a Top Ten hit on the strength of its sole vocal track, "This Masquerade." The success of Breezin was followed up by a string of hit albums in an R&B-flavored pop mode, culminating with the Quincy Jones-produced Give Me the Night. Some of Ben son's hit songs include "The Greatest Love of All," "On Broad way," "Love Ballad," "Give Me the Night" and "Turn Your Love A round."

To this date, Benson has released more than 50 albums and has work - ed with legends like Miles Davis and Al Jarreau. Since the start of the millennium, Benson has shown no signs of slow ing down. Some of his more notable offerings of the past decade include Absolute Ben - son (2000), the sexy and soulful Irreplace - able (2004), and Givin' It Up (2006), a duet recording with Al Jarreau that scored two Grammy Awards and marked his Con - cord Records / Mon ster Music debut.

Benson recently released his newest album Songs and Stories which is the follow up to Givin' It Up and an equally satisfying affair. The set opens with a Latin-flavored cover of James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," one of two tracks on the album recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a team of Brazil - ian session players. The album is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century, including James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Lamont Dozier, Bill Withers, Donny Hath away and several others. Some were written specifically for this new recording, while others were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

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