The George Benson Cookbook

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The George Benson Cookbook
Studio album by George Benson
Released 1966
Recorded August 1, 1966 - October 19, 1966
Genre Jazz
Length 40:30
Label Columbia
Producer John Hammond
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The George Benson Cookbook is the third album by jazz/soul guitarist George Benson to be produced by John Hammond.


The Hard Bop Homepage says of the album, "This is basically the George Benson quartet, with Smith and Cuber, but trombonist Bennie Green and percussionist Pucho were added on some tracks, giving them a bop flavor that delighted dedicated jazz fans and critics. Benson's quartet was modeled after Jack McDuff's--with baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, organist Lonnie Smith, a powerhouse player who deserved more attention than he ever received, and Jimmy Lovelace or Marion Booker on drums. The sonorous tone of Cuber's baritone gives the quartet a richer, more dense texture than that obtained by McDuff, who used a tenor, but the overall sound is the same. At twenty-five, Ronnie Cuber was an alumnus of Marshall Brown's celebrated Newport Youth Band; he had spent the previous two years with Maynard Ferguson's very loud and brassy orchestra, which may account for his aggressive style, but Cuber's approach also emphasized rhythm, and that was precisely the ingredient called for by a "soul jazz" group of this kind."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Cooker" (4:18)
  2. "Benny's Back" (4:10)
  3. "Bossa Rocka" (4:20)
  4. "All of Me" (2:08)
  5. "Big Fat Lady" (4:40)
  6. "Benson's Rider" (5:30)
  7. "Ready and Able" (3:32)
  8. "The Borgia Stick" (3:05)
  9. "Return of the Prodigal Son" (2:34)
  10. "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" (6:33)

2007 remastered CD / Blu-spec CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "The Man From Toledo"
  2. "Slow Scene"
  3. "Let Them Talk"
  4. "Goodnight"