Although the record cover doesn’t look the part, this album is filled with samples by contemporary artists, and it is brought to you by the great organists Johnny Hammond.
Whether it’s trunk-rattling bass from Oakland’s newest rapper or the the mellow sensations of beachfront jazz, California has an undeniable charm. This appeal comes from a long lineage of gifted artists ranging from Roy Ayers to the Pharcyde. Few, however capture this essence quite like musician Thundercat.
Bad Benson is George Benson at his best. Pure guitar smoothness, mixed with an accompaniment of electronic and traditional instrumentation, this album has been revered by Hip Hop producers far and wide. Most people know Benson for his 80’s pop hits, which we all love, but in the 70’s, he was a master at jazz fusion and traditional jazz. It must also be noted that Ron Carter blessed this album with his magnificent bass, because he is Jazz’s stamp of approval! Here is the rest of the personnel and instrumentation from this album (via CD Universe):
George Benson (guitar); John Frosk, Alan Rubin, Joe Shepley (trumpet); Jim Buffington, Brooks Tillotson (French horn); Wayne Andre, Garbett Brown, Warren Covington, Paul Faulise (trombone); George Marge (flute, piccolo, English horn); Al Regni (flute, clarinet); Phil Bodner (alto flute, English horn, clarinet); Ray Beckenstein (flute); Seymour Barab, Frank Levy, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, Alan Shulman, Paul Tobias (cello); Margaret Ross (harp); Kenny Barron (piano); Phil Upchurch (guitar, bass, percussion); Ron Carter (bass); Steve Gadd (drums).