George Benson : Beyond the Blue Horizon

George Benson : Beyond the Blue Horizon


George Benson (guitar), Clarence Palmer (organ), Ron Carter (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Michael Cameron, Albert Nicholson (percussion)

A&M CTI 6009

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - So What?
A2 - The Gentle Rain
B1 - All Clear
B2 - Ode To a Kudu
B3 - Somewhere In the East

Recorded in February 1971 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

George Benson was the pupil, Wes Montgomery his teacher! And the sound of the great maestro, who played without the use of a plectrum, is quite unmistakable in this recording produced by CTI Records with George Benson in 1971. Producer Creed Taylor showed good judgement when he teamed Benson up with a small yet supremely talented group of musicians: Jack De Johnette on the drums takes Ron Carter’s bass and Clarence Palmer’s organ on a superb ride. Carter and Benson had met one another briefly during a Miles Davis recording session, but there the drummer was Tony Williams. Here, with Jack DeJohnette participating, the numbers on this LP gain real soul. But the lyrical side doesn’t come too short either: "Ode To A Kudu" demonstrates this particular attribute of Benson’s to perfection. And "Somewhere To The East" proves that he isn’t afraid to experiment. All in all, this is a top album from George Benson’s long and commercially successful career.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under