Songs and Stories
Monster Music presents to you the amazingly crisps and dynamic HDS High Definition Surround Sound SuperDisc Songs and Stories, George’s second SuperDisc, following up the multi-GRAMMY® winning Givin’ It Up, with Al Jarreau.
“We decided to go to some of the world’s greatest songwriters and ask them to write something new for George,” says album producer, John Burk. “The special guests on this album are the songwriters.”
With this concept in mind, an all star line up of songwriters lent their huge musical talents to the album. Legends like Smokey Robinson, Bill Withers, and Rod Temperton, just to name a few, wrote new songs with the purpose of putting them into the very capable hands of George Benson.
But’s that’s not to say that you won’t hear musical genius playing with George on Songs and Stories. Some of the most coveted musicians in the music industryjoined George to lay down the tracks live. Artists like Paul Jackson, Jr., Lee Ritenour, Tom Scott, Wah Wah Watson, Toninho Horta and Ray Parker, Jr on guitars. Rod Temperton and David Paich on keyboards. Gerald Albright and Tom Scott on sax. Steve Porcaro on synthesizer. And Patti Austin on background vocals.
“We had what we call in the music industry the A team. I call them an A plus,” explains George. “We did it the right way. We went in live, and that’s where you get the vibe. We got in the studio and started bouncing off each other and saw what the potential was and the magic started happening right away.”
SuperDisc: An Unparalleled Listening Experience
Thanks to the Monster Music’s proprietary HDS surround sound mix on this disc, you’re going to be able to enjoy this amazing musical collaboration in ways you never could with an ordinary CD.
“I believe we've delivered to you a phenomenal music product. With HDS surround, you can place yourself right in the middle of the action. It's like the music is floating,” explains Head Monster Noel Lee, who personally worked on the mix, and is a long- time friend of George’s. “You can hear the music like you’ve never experienced it before.”
The combination of masterful songwriting, unmatched musicianship and cutting edge surround sound technology makes Songs and Stories an experience you’re sure to enjoy over and over again. This SuperDisc is mixed in High Definition Surround Sound for an “In the Studio” experience. All the digital music files are encoded with Dolby Headphone Surround and are mastered in audiophile-grade High Defnitition Stereo (PCM 48/24).
About George Benson
Even before the recording of his first album, at just 21 years old, George Benson has relished the role of using his now legendary musical gifts to entertaining his audience.
“As a kid I sang, danced, and played the ukulele in a nightclub. I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am."
His love for the audience and desire to get them moving to his music, coupled with his masterful musicianship, have resulted in a storied career.
Already successful in the Jazz world, George’s rise to bonafide superstardom started with the 1976 release of Breezin.” It hit #1 on the Pop, R&B and Jazz charts, and featured the top 10 Pop hit, “This Masquerade.” Since then, George has scored numerous chart hits, including the smashes, “On Broadway,” “Give Me The Night” and “Turn Your Love Around.”
George has enjoyed huge commercial success, industry awards—including 10 GRAMMYS®—the adoration of millions of fans and, perhaps most complimentary to his musical prowess, collaborations with many of the all-time legends of the music world. All have been instrumental in fulfilling his lifelong passion to entertain the masses.