Soul/jazz legend GEORGE BENSON is set to release a brand new album – ‘Guitar Man’. As the simple title suggests, the LP is a project which highlights the man’s unique guitar style.

The 12-song collection includes a mix of jazz and pop standards – some in a small combo setting and some solo. The side men include JOE SAMPLE, HARVEY MASON and bassist BEN WILLIAMS – a rising star on the US jazz scene.

Tunes on the album include a version of the BEATLES’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, the CHAMPS’ ‘Tequila’, STEVIE W’s ‘My Cherie Amour’, the standards ‘Since I Fell For You’ and ‘Paper Moon’ along with a moving take on ‘Danny Boy.

In the meantime, Music Club/Rhino have just released a two CD retrospective on BENSON (see our news pages). There’ll be full review of both albums here @ SJF very soon.