George Benson Give Me The Night
Produced by Quincy Jones
George Benson was already a well established jazz legend when he began
to make crossroads into the pop world. While many jazz aficiondos may have regreted the
trend to commercialism in his music, it did help introduce a whole generation of music
lovers, yours truly included, to jazz. Give Me The Night is the best ever fusion
of jazz and pop.
Quincy Jones had already established himself as the premier music
producer with the success of Michael Jackson's Off The Wall. A big part of that
album's success was the songwriting of Rod Temperton whose songs are featured prominently
on Give Me The Night (including the title track). Other featured players include
Patti Austin (she sings co-lead on Moody's Mood) and Lee Ritenour (plays
beautiful acoustic guitar on Love Dance).