George Benson - Tell It Like It Is (1969, CD 1994)
EAC rip | APE image + cue + log + scans / MP3 320 kbps | 00:32:57 | 240 MB / 103 MB (3% rec.)
Guitar Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Crossover Jazz | Label: A&M, 393 020-2
Trying to shake things up, producer Creed Taylor brought in arranger Marty Sheller from Mongo Santamaria's Afro-Cuban band, reduced the sizes of the servings (no track is longer than 3:45), cranked up the decibels to a raucous level, and presented Benson in what he hoped would be a radio-friendly setting. The wonder is that Benson manages to transcend the blasting Latin-percussion-spiced production, the tight time limits, and all with often brilliantly tasty guitar fills and brief solos in many styles and three reverb-heavy vocals.