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Big Boss Band
George Benson
Big Boss Band
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
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All Artists: George Benson
Title: Big Boss Band
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 9/11/1990
Re-Release Date: 8/31/1990
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075992629522

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"It don't mean a thing if ain't got that swing!"
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 12/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"And "Big Boss Band" really swings. Featuring Benson's smooth vocals, his exquisite guitar, and the backing from the highly revered Count Basie Orchestra, the album is a pop and jazz lover's delight. Highlights on the 41:41 release are the standards "Without a Song", "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home". "Portrait of Jennie" is as close to heaven as is musically possible. The duet between Benson and Carmen Bradford on the Patti Austin-James Ingram hit "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" does the original proud.

And Benson does homage to Ella with his own brand of "scatting". This is what music is all about."
Exceptional Singing, Guitar, Big Band and Arrangements
Charles Koeppen | New York | 06/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wow! Having been introduced to George Benson with his "Beyond the Blue Horizon" album in the 70's, I watched him progress by purchasing "Breezin'", "Give Me the Night", and "George Benson Collection". Then I lost interest as my musical tastes expanded. So now, after many years, I try to find something else by him that I might like. It was tough. He's a fine singer and brilliant musician, but he's stretched so far into smooth jazz and R&B that I almost wouldn't even recognize that a lot of his newer stuff was his without being told. Fortunately, thanks to the samples here on Amazon, I was able to stumble onto this one. What I was looking for was a good mix of George Benson's singing and guitar playing in a straight up jazz setting. I wasn't expecting to find it with a big band backdrop, but to my surprise here it is. And one cookin' big band it is. I wouldn't expect less from the Count Basie band, and I wouldn't expect less from George Benson. I know George Benson has been a part of several big bands, including a late '70's PBS television appearance with Benny Goodman and backing Frank Sinatra on the 1984 "L.A. Is My Lady" album, but never as the featured singer to my knowledge. It's a natural progression. Too bad it took so long to happen as I'm sure Count Basie would have loved to witness it. This CD is brilliant."
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | 10/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most artists like to try different variations with approach to their style of music, and George Benson does it best with this cd.He has such a great voice and I bet the Big Bands wished he had been around when they were in their hey day.Also if you like Big Band and vocals check out the new Bobby Caldwell CD.Brilliant 1999."