National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master George Benson has won 10 — count ’em, 10 — Grammys throughout his illustrious career. But at 68, this former child prodigy shows no signs of slowing down.
In fact, he’ll soon be heading out on national tour, backing his upcoming “Guitar Man” album, which hits the street Oct. 4.
This time, the evocative jazz guitarist is backed by pianist Joe Sample, bassist Ben Williams, keyboardist/musical director David Garfield and drummer Harvey Mason, who first collaborated with Benson on his landmark ’76 album “Breezin’.”
And the man is still just as inventive as ever.
How does Benson explain snappy new reimagining’s of standards like “Tequila,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Danny Boy” (which he’s offering as a free appetite-whetting download on his website) featured on “Guitar Man”?
“It’s all music to me,” he swears. “I think a lot of pop tunes that were very big in the United States many years ago were recorded by jazz musicians playing in the background. The Motown records were recorded that way. So there are only two kinds of music — good and bad.”
Well said, Jazz Master, well said.