Legendary guitarist signs to Concord Records.
Guitarist and vocalist George Benson, who parted ways with the GRP/Verve Music Group in July of 2005, has signed to Concord Records, which recently also added saxophonist Boney James to its roster. Although details are still being worked out, it appears that Benson’s first project for Concord will be a duet album with vocalist Al Jarreau, whose most recent CD is called Accentuate the Positive.
In addition, the CD will be part of a new collaboration between the Concord Music Group and Monster Cable that offers what they call SuperDiscs. These CDs offer high-definition Surround Sound, and some feature multiple mixes that allow listeners to select their own Surround experience, ranging from “front row performance” and "in the room" to "on stage" and "orchestral." Benson has worked with Monster Cable – known for its music accessories for recording studios – in recent years as a product endorser and has a link to the company on his website. And in January, Benson and Jarreau headlined a Monster Cable concert in Las Vegas at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
Benson's last CD, Irreplaceable, featured the No. 1 smooth jazz song “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise.”Posted by Brian Soergel at March 23, 2006 12:06 AM