Wednesday, March 21, 2007

George Benson vs. Donny Hathaway

George Benson: The Ghetto/El Barrio

Here's the guitar virtuoso's cover of Donny Hathaway's classic groove. Mr. Benson really gets with the Latin vibe but it's at the 5 minute mark where he really takes off to Cuba with a flourish featuring his signature guitar style and scatting vocals. The man is smooth. This track can be found on Mr. Benson's 2000 release Absolute Benson on GRP

Donny Hathaway: The Ghetto

This is Donny's incredible live version from his 1972 Live! album. This is truly one of the greatest live soul recordings ever. Recorded at the Troubadour in Hollywood, you really feel as your in the middle of the intimate crowd who play just as large a part on this record as any of the musicians. This version showcases the dynamic band as well as Donny's command on the electric piano not to mention his ability to work an audience into a frenzy.

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