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 2004�s 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 Withers�s "A Telephone Call Away," Rod Temperton�s "Family Reunion" and Lamont Dozier�s "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.