George Benson / The Other Side of Abbey Road

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Once upon a time ‘twas a glorious era wherein rock and jazz cats alike interpreted contemporary music.

With maestros Ron Carter and Jerry Jemmott cookin’ on the upright and electric respectively, (along with Freddie Hubbard, Mel Davis, Hubert Laws, Idris Muhammad, and Sonny Fortune to cite a fortunate few) – the as-yet-to-be-iconic guitarist George Benson waxed this cool CTI Beatles song-cycle just weeks following the fractured four’s release of their studio finale in the winter of ‘69.

Condensed into medleys, except for “Oh Darling,” Ron and Jerry flex their harmonic/rhythmic soul/swing chops amid Don Sebesky’s groovy arrangements. Take note of Jemmott’s signature phrasing on “Come Together” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”       

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