White Rabbit is an album by George Benson. The title track is a cover of the famous Great Society/Jefferson Airplane song by Grace Slick.
George Benson is simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician, and that frustrates to no end critics who would paint him into a narrow bop box. He can play in just about any style from swing to bop to R&B to pop with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing. His inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery and he can do dead-on impressions of both but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format.
Remastered for the first time using the original two-track analog tapes, this brand new 4-CD set celebrates the vintage years of CTI, when a distinctive style and sound were born. Over 5 hours of music showcase all the major artists on the CTI roster, both in solo performances and in the unforgettable collaborations that made each CTI album so distinctive. Includes a lavishly illustrated 20-page, LP-sized booklet containing rare photos, plus new liner notes by noted jazz critic Dan Ouellette with comments by CTI artists and enthusiasts.
George Benson is a unique figure in jazz, considered by many to be one of the best bebop-influenced guitarists since Wes Montgomery, while, simultaneously, loved by smooth jazz and pop fans for hits such as "On Broadway," and "This Masquerade," two songs that also feature his vocals. This "Jazz Moods" disc concentrates on Benson's instrumental side, though he does sing on the last track, "Hold on I'm Comin'." On this 10-track collection of tunes, mostly taken from his 1970s catalog, Benson funks up standards such as "Take Five" and "Take the 'A' Train," and offers extended jams on Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'." Additionally, he turns in smoking hot, swinging versions of Miles Davis's "So What" and Benson's own composition, "Clockwise." Benson's blazing solos on these songs reminds listeners why he is so worshipped by fans and fellow guitarists worldwide.