Sunday, January 29, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-George Benson and Earl Klugh

Artist:George Benson and Earl Klugh
Song:Since You're Gone

As a teenager, guitarist Earl Klugh appeared on a couple of George Benson albums. So when Klugh came to Warner Bros. in 1985, it's not surprising that they recorded an album together and headlined a tour. Klugh was 17 years old when he appeared on one song on Benson's 1972 album White Rabbit. He also played on Benson's 1973 album Body Talk. Klugh had previously appeared on Yusef Lateef's 1970 album Suite 16. He joined Benson's touring band in 1973 and this led to Klugh signing with Blue Note in 1976. From there, Klugh was very successful as a solo artist and also with pianist Bob James. Meanwhile, Benson came to Warner Bros. in 1976 and became a huge star with the album Breezin'. Klugh moved to Warner Bros. in 1985 so I'm sure they suggested to Benson that the two record together and tour. The 1987 album Collaboration was produced by Benson's long time producer Tommy LiPuma. The album was very successful as it topped the jazz charts and was certified Gold. And they went on a successful tour. The songs are mostly originals. Klugh wrote Since You're Gone. Apparently this was Benson's first all instrumental album in 11 years. Musicians are Greg Phillinganes on keyboards, James Newton Howard on synthesizer, Marcus Miller on bass, Harvey Mason Sr. on drums, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion and Paul Jackson Jr. on rhythm guitar. I'm sure Warners would have liked a second album from them. But with constant touring, it can be difficult to make things like that happen. Fans of both musicians should enjoy this album. Here's George Benson and Earl Klugh with Michael O'Neil on guitar, Barnaby Finch and Dave Garfield on keyboards, Stanley Banks on bass, Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums and Kate Markowitz on percussion performing Since You're Gone in Japan 1988.

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