Absolute Benson

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Absolute Benson
Studio album by George Benson
Released May 23, 2000
Recorded May 1999
Genre Smooth jazz, Latin jazz
Length 48:36
Label GRP/Verve
Producer Tommy LiPuma, "Little" Louie Vega, Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez
George Benson chronology
Standing Together
(1998)
Absolute Benson
(2000)
Irreplaceable
(2003)

Absolute Benson is an enhanced studio album by jazz musician George Benson. Taking a tip from 1999's pop-man-of-the-year Carlos Santana, Benson goes Latin on this release. The album was released by GRP/Verve Records on May 23, 2000.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Ghetto"   Al Eaton, Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Todd Shaw 4:56
2. "El Barrio"   George Benson, Kenny Gonzalez, Joe Henderson, Louie Vega 3:34
3. "Jazzenco"   Marc Antoine 5:48
4. "Deeper Than You Think"   Joe Sample 5:55
5. "One on One"   Joe Sample 7:05
6. "Hipping the Hop"   Joe Sample 3:57
7. "Lately"   Marvin Sease, Stevie Wonder 4:22
8. "Come Back Baby"   Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin 5:59
9. "Medicine Man"   George Benson, Joe Sample 7:00

Personnel[edit]

  • George Benson - guitar, vocals
  • Luis Conte - conga, percussion, timbales
  • Vidal Davis - drums
  • Steve Gadd - drums
  • Cindy Blackman - drums
  • Carlos Henríquez - bass
  • Christian McBride - bass
  • Ricky Peterson - organ, synthesizer, synthesizer arrangements
  • Luisito Quintero - percussion
  • Joe Sample - organ, piano, synthesizer, synthesizer arrangements
  • Claudia Acuña - backing vocals
  • Lisa Fischer - backing vocals
  • Roy Ayers - backing vocals
  • Richard Shade - backing vocals

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Tommy LiPuma, "Little" Louie Vega, Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez
  • Arranged by Arif Mardin
  • Engineering by Steven Barkan, James Farber, Jon Fausty, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, Bill Schnee
  • Assistant Engineering by Koji Egawa, Kayo Teramoto
  • Mixing by Steven Barkan
  • Mastering by Doug Sax
  • Art Direction by Hollis King
  • Photography by Jeffrey Scales, Kwaku Alston
  • Graphic Design by Isabelle Wong

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2000 R&B Albums 24
2000 The Billboard 200 Pop Albums 125
2000 Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 1

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