July 7, 2009

Coming Up: George Benson's Songs and Stories

Singer, composer and guitarist George Benson has just finished a new album called Songs and Stories. It will be his follow-up to his 2006 Grammy Award-winning duets CD with Al Jarreau, Givin' It Up, and his first solo CD since 2004s Irreplaceable.

The CD, to be released by Concord Records on Aug. 25, is co-produced by bassist Marcus Miller. Songs and Stories is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century. Some were written specifically for this new recording, such as Bill Witherss "A Telephone Call Away," Rod Tempertons "Family Reunion" and Lamont Doziers "Living in High Definition," which features guitarist Norman Brown. Others, including James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free" and Christopher Cross's "Sailing," were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

Posted by Brian Soergel at July 7, 2009 11:39 PM