Just listen to the first thirty seconds of this LP and you know that its all about the 'Godfather of Soul' the unique James Brown.
But its just as obvious that such a great artist as George Benson doesnt just present Greatest Hits in a new guise. Six of his own compositions plus one by Donny Hathaway/Gene McDaniels provide the guitarist and singer with a great platform to launch from. He shoots off into orbit, accompanied by first-class guest soloists such as Jon Faddis, Frank Foster, Earl Klugh and Jack DeJohnnette. Ron Carters bass doesnt boom in the low register but offers a light and airy, yet solid, base.
"Body Talk" is by no means the declaration of a world-shaking, new and avant-garde jazz. It is, however, a successful blend of jazz, soul and fusion. And when such a superb arranger as Pee Wee Ellis has his finger in the pie or rather: his pen on the manuscript paper then one can be sure that the almost 50-minute-long LP is a great success from beginning to end. Finally, one shouldnt forget the helping hand of the producer Creed Taylor, who made a significant contribution to this milestone on the CTI label.
180g Virgin Vinyl
High Quality Pressing
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
George Benson, guitar, vocals
Frank Foster, tenor saxophone
Gerald Chamberlain, trombone
Dick Griffin, trombone
Jon Faddis, flugelhorn, trumpet
John Gatchell, flugelhorn, trumpet
Waymon Reed, flugelhorn, trumpet
Harold Mabern, piano
Earl Klugh, guitar
Ron Carter, bass
Gary King, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums
2. When Love Has Grown
4. Body Talk
5. Top of the World
Recorded July 1973 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ by Rudy Van Gelder.