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  1. Songs And Stories Online Premiere

    August 20, 2009 by admin

    Our friends at iLike are streaming Songs And Stories in its entirety.  Head on over and give a listen.

    **UPDATE: iLike is having a technical issue which is causing the full album stream to feature :30 snippets.  They are in the process of rectifying this issue and will return the full stream shortly.


  2. Modern Guitars Magazine Interview

    August 15, 2009 by admin

    Read the Modern Guitar Magazine interview here.


  3. Show Me The Love Video

    August 13, 2009 by admin

    Is up and live.  Enjoy.


  4. New Music

    August 12, 2009 by admin

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    We just added a few new songs from Songs And Stories in the music section.

    Songs And Stories.  In stores Aug. 25.


  5. Exotica…the making of.

    July 31, 2009 by admin

    The making of Exotica now available for viewing here.


  6. Family Reunion Now Available on iTunes

    July 30, 2009 by admin

    Check out new music from Songs And Stories.  Family Reunion is now available on iTunes.

    Enjoy

    George Benson Family Reunion iTunes


  7. Nuthin But A Party

    July 24, 2009 by admin

    Check out the new behind the scenes video from the making of Songs And Stories.


  8. New Shows

    July 17, 2009 by admin

    We have a couple of shows coming up in August before our Fall Tour.  On August 25th, the day that we release Songs And Stories, we will be in Milwaukee and on August 27 we will be in Philadelphia.  Check out the Tour Dates page for more info.


  9. Living In High Definition

    July 10, 2009 by admin

    We hope you are enjoying Living In High Definition.  We just uploaded a new video on the making of the song with Lamont Dozier.  Enjoy.

    Songs And Stories

    TRACKLISTING

    1.  Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
    2.  Family Reunion
    3.  Show Me the Love
    4.  A Telephone Call Away
    5.  Someday We’ll All Be Free
    6.  Nuthin’ But a Party
    7.  Come in From the Cold
    8.  Exotica
    9.  Rainy Night in Georgia
    10.  One Like You
    11.  Living in High Definition
    12.  Sailing


  10. Songs And Stories to be released August 25th

    July 7, 2009 by admin

    National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and 10X Grammy-winning, legendary musician George Benson will release his new album on August 25th entitled Songs and Stories, his second for Concord Records / Monster Music. The album is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century. Some were written specifically for this new recording, such as Bill Withers’ (who came out of retirement to write “A Telephone Call Away” for George), Rod Temperton’s “Family Reunion” and Lamont Dozier’s “Living in High Definition”; while others, including James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” and Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia” were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

    Songs and Stories was produced by Concord’s Grammy winning, creative head John Burk and renowned bassist /composer / producer Marcus Miller.  Benson, Miller, keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, guitarist Jubu and drummer John Robinson make up the core unit for the project.  They were joined by special guests: guitarists Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Wah Wah Watson and Norman Brown, vocalists Lalah Hathaway and Patti Austin, keyboardist David Paich, saxophonists Tom Scott and Gerald Albright along with several others.  “Brother, with that team, you can do just about anything,” said Benson. “We recorded in the studio for three days straight, and everything we touched had something on it that made us all glad we were there. It was just the right mix of people and material.”

    And yet, for all of the high-caliber musicians on hand, the most important guests are the songwriters, says co-producer Miller. “Smokey Robinson doesn’t perform on this record, but he’s still a guest,” he says. “Lamont Dozier is a guest. Bill Withers, Rod Temperton and James Taylor are guests. If you take great songs from writers like these, and you put them in the hands of George Benson and a great band, you’d better just get out of the way and let things happen, because the result is going to be something great.”

    Indeed, the record captures the somewhat underappreciated essential brilliance of his storied career; the ability to simply touch people through authentic lyrics and beautiful melody.  On Songs and Stories, George Benson’s musical artistry has perhaps never been on sharper display.

    To celebrate the release of Songs And Stories, fans can visit the official Benson website, georgebenson.com and receive a free mp3 download of “Living In High Definition”, the new song written by legendary composer Lamont Dozier.   Additionally on the website, fans can view “The George Benson Sessions: The Making Of Songs And Stories”, a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new record.   The series will be updated with a new video each week leading up to and through the August 25 release.

    Concord Records is proud to once again partner with Monster Music® on presenting the newest George Benson album Songs and Stories on High Definition Surround™ Sound SuperDisc™.  The Monster® version, also available August 25th, is a specially priced two-disc package that consists of Songs and Stories on compact disc mixed in traditional stereo and a bonus DVD, containing Monster’s High Definition Stereo and Surround mixes. In addition, the bonus DVD features behind-the-scenes video footage of the making of the record including an in-depth interview with George Benson. With its innovative High Definition Surround technology Monster Music is revolutionizing the listening experience. Mastered in the highest resolution possible, HDS SuperDiscs are specially engineered to capture the true harmonic depth and tonal richness of the music. THX certified HDS SuperDiscs deliver the music through a 5.1 speaker system just the way the artist heard it in the studio when it was recorded, the way they intended you to hear it.