George Benson – Good Kind Bad (1976/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 36:50 minutes | 1,45 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:50 minutes | 787 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Genre: Jazz | © CTI Records
The R&B elements get stronger, the sound and mix are more attuned to the dancefloor, yet this brings out the best in George Benson’s funky side. Thanks in part to the more rigid beat, Benson pares down his style to its rhythmic essentials, refusing to spray notes all over the place at random, and as a result, the record cooks and dances. His treatment of Vince Guaraldi’s “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” hugely complemented by Joe Farrell’s wistfully prancing flute, is a mini-masterpiece in the use of space, of hitting exactly the right stabbing note right in the pocket. Again, Creed Taylor turns to a James Brown alumnus, David Matthews, for arrangements, and he discreetly and wisely stays out of Bad George’s way. Buy this one for “Cast Your Fate,” but there is plenty more to savor here.
01 – Theme from Good King Bad
02 – One Rock Don’t Make No Boulder
03 – Em
04 – Cast Your Fate to the Wind
05 – Siberian Workout
06 – Shell of a Man
Conducted by Bob James. Arranged by David Matthews.
Produced by Creed Taylor. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded on July 1 (track 3), July 8 (6), December 4 (1 & 2) and December 5 (4 & 5), 1975 at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.