Following ten years of solo recordings for Columbia, Verve, A&M, and CTI, guitar great George Benson was primed for a breakout, ready to cross over to a much wider audience. The project that set the stage for his pop breakthrough album, Breezin’, was his final official release for CTI Records, Good King Bad. Although Benson had ventured into the R&B territory previously, this marks the first time that he fully integrated his Wes Montgomery-inspired playing into the pop arena. The approach presents a perfect balance between jazz blowing and danceable grooves, announcing the arrival of a major force in pop music.
Personnel: George Benson (guitar); Eric Gale (guitar); Gary king (bass); Alan Shulman, Charles McCracken (cello); Don Grolnick (clavinet); Andy Newmark, Dennis Davis, Steve Gadd (drums); David Tofani, Joe Farrell, Romeo Penque (flute); Bobby Lyle, Roland Hanna, Ronnie Foster (keyboards); Sue Evans (percussion); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Frank Vicari, Mike Brecker (tenor saxophone); Fred Wesley (trombone); Randy Brecker (trumept); David Friedman (vibraphone); Harold Coletta, Theodore Israel (viola); David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, Harry Glickman, John Pintavalle, Max Ellen, Max Pollikoff, Paul Gershman (violin).
01. Theme From Good King Bad
02. One Rock Don’t Make No Boulder
04. Cast Your Fate To The Wind
05. Siberian Workout
06. Shell Of A Man
07. Hold On I’m Coming