Rediscovered Records – George Benson – Giblet Gravy (1968)
“”I think my career stands on my experiences. There’s a legitimacy about it because of the years I put in when I wasn’t recognised. Records where I tried pop, R&B, blues. . . if anyone wants to question my legitimacy it’s all there on record”. – George Benson
George Benson is one of the modern era’s truly great guitarists, who when he sticks to playing the guitar has few rivals. Giblet Gravy is very much in Wes Montgomery territory but Benson is no Montgomery copyist, he creates complex tapestries with his rhythmic melody lines that give him a unique ‘sound’. Most of the tracks, as was popular at the time, are covers but the title track and ‘Low Down and Dirty’ are written by George Benson.
This was Benson’s debut recording for Verve Records and was recorded over three days in early February 1968 at A & R Studios and Capitol Recording in New York City. As well as George Benson it also features Herbie Hancock on piano, Billy Cobham on drums, Pepper Adams on baritone sax and Snooky Young on trumpet; the arrangements are by Tom McIntosh
Photographer and producer Esmond Edwards had worked at Prestige Records prior to taking over from Creed Taylor at Verve and he had an impressive list of credits to his name, including Miles Davis. George Benson would record next with Taylor for his CTI label, an imprint of A & M Records