George Benson, alto and tenor sax; Gary Schunk, piano; Don Mayberry, bass;

Tom Brown, drums

George Benson has sustained a reputation as one of Detroit's most gifted saxophonists for over 50 years. Benson's early inspirations were Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter, each of whom had a beautiful and unique sound and their imprint is discernable in his ballad approach to this day. Unlike most alto saxophonists of his generation, Benson did not immediately fall under the spell of Charlie Parker and did not think of himself as a bebopper. It was only later, after repeated hearing of recordings by Stan Getz and others that George understood Bebop. When he first heard Parker, at the Crystal Lounge in 1954, Benson was transfixed. "It was fantastic", he says. George absorbed some of Bird's approach to the alto but he did not forsake his earlier inspirations. Taken as a whole, George Benson is a sterling example of the talented musicians that have graced the Detroit jazz scene

"Detroit Saxophonist George Benson wins the Sonny Stitt Memorial Bebop trophy for carving his way through "The Way You Look Tonight" with a chest-first swagger and an every-lick-is-a-party effervescence." Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, 9/8/99, from a review of the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival.


Johnny Come Lately

My Melancholy Baby
The Way You Look Tonight
For Heaven's Sake
Some of These Days
Love Nest
I Surrender Dear
Lullaby of the Leaves
Ja Da
A Child is Born
The Shadow of Your Smile
No Head/After You've Gone