GEORGE BENSON has a new album out on 21st September called ‘Songs And Stories’ via Concord. The first album in three years from the 66-year-old Pittsburgh-born singer/guitarist, ‘Song And Stories’ is a star-studded affair produced by the redoubtable Marcus Miller – it features contributions from guitarists Lee Ritenour, Wah Wah Watson and Norman Brown as well as assistance from singers Lalah Hathaway and Patti Austin, saxophonists Tom Scott and Gerald Albright, keyboard maestro Greg Phillinganes and ex-Rufus drummer, John Robinson. The material includes soul-infused covers of James Taylor’s ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,’ Christopher Cross’s ‘Sailing’ and Donny Hathaway’s ‘Someday We’ll All Be Free,’ and also features three new songs penned by veteran tunesmiths Lamont Dozier (‘Living In High Definition’), Bill Withers (‘A Telephone Call Away’) and Rod Temperton (‘Family Reunion’).
Go to George Benson’s website (www.georgebenson.com) to see video clips of ‘The George Benson Sessions: The Making Of Songs And Stories.’
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