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About George Benson

Simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, George Benson is an amazingly versatile musician whose skills find him crossing easily between straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, and contemporary R&B. Blessed with supreme taste, a beautiful, rounded guitar tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing, Benson's inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format. Yet Benson can also sing in a lush, soulful tenor, and it is his voice that has proven more marketable to the public than his guitar.

HOMETOWN
Pittsburgh, PA
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
Mar 22, 1943

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