Absolute Benson

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Absolute Benson
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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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Ghetto"Al Eaton, Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Todd Shaw4:56
2."El Barrio"George Benson, Kenny Gonzalez, Joe Henderson, Louie Vega3:34
3."Jazzenco"Marc Antoine5:48
4."Deeper Than You Think"Joe Sample5:55
5."One on One"Joe Sample7:05
6."Hipping the Hop"Joe Sample3:57
7."Lately"Marvin Sease, Stevie Wonder4:22
8."Come Back Baby"Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin5:59
9."Medicine Man"George Benson, Joe Sample7:00

Personnel[edit]

  • George Benson – guitar (1-9), vocals (1, 2, 8)
  • Vidal Davis – drums (1, 2)
  • Steve Gadd – drums (3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Cindy Blackman – drums (6, 9)
  • Luisito Quintero – percussion (1, 2)
  • Luis Conte – congas, percussion and timbales (3-6, 9)
  • Carlos Henríquez – bass (1, 2)
  • Christian McBride – bass (3-9)
  • Joe SampleHammond B3 organ (1, 2), Wurlitzer (1, 2), synthesizer (1, 2), acoustic piano (3-9), synthesizer arrangements
  • Ricky Peterson – Hammond B3 organ (8), synthesizer (8), synthesizer arrangements
  • Arif Mardin – string arrangements (7)
  • Roy Ayers – backing vocals (1)
  • Richard Shade – backing vocals (1)
  • Claudia Acuña – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Lisa Fischer – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • La India – backing vocals (1, 2)

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Tommy LiPuma (Tracks 1, 3-9); "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez (Track 2).
  • Recorded by Steven Barkan and Jon Fausty (Tracks 1 & 2); Al Schmitt (Tracks 3-9).
  • Assistant Engineering by Koji Egawa; Kayo Teramoto (Tracks 1 & 2); Mark Fraunfelder, Alan Moon and Aya Takemura (Tracks 3-9).
  • Overdubs on Tracks 3-9 recorded by Bill Schnee and Tommy Tucker, assisted by Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt.
  • Strings on Track 7 recorded by James Farber
  • Mixed by Steven Barkan (Tracks 1 & 2) and Bill Schnee (Tracks 3-9).
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, CA).
  • 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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