Donny Hathaway remains widely admired in jazz, but much of his repertoire has yet to be tapped by improvisers.
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January 17, 2014 The singer-songwriter remains influential in jazz, but improvisers have yet to fully mine his repertoire. Here are a few of the attempts so far, from musicians such as Kenny Garrett, Carmen Lundy and George Benson.
George Benson's latest album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, is a tribute to his hero.
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July 6, 2013 Benson and the late Nat King Cole have a lot in common: Both started as acclaimed jazz instrumentalists, but became pop stars when they started singing. Cole was a huge influence on Benson, and the guitarist — who turned 70 this spring — pays tribute on his latest album.
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Clarinet and saxophone player Paquito D'Rivera wore a James Moody T-shirt during a recent recording session in Brazil.
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October 19, 2012 Reedman Paquito D'Rivera called him "the most beloved jazz musician in the world." Naturally, a lot of fellow musicians are lining up to pay tribute to the man during a jazz festival named in Moody's honor. Here's a chance to explore their connections to the great saxophonist.
January 4, 2010 Born in the '60s, soul-jazz is a groove-oriented style built from the bottom up. You take a strong bass line, establish a steady groove between the bass and drums, and then embellish that groove with riffs and melody lines that draw heavily from gospel, blues and R&B.
February 14, 2007 George Benson helped kick-start "smooth jazz," that not-so-distant cousin of "easy listening." But before that, Benson's early records — including the spry It's Uptown, which he recorded at age 23 — are more musically adventurous.
October 27, 2006 Farai Chideya talks with legendary jazz artists George Benson and Al Jarreau about their friendship and why it took more than 30 years for them to collaborate on their first CD Givin It Up.
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July 22, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with the great George Benson about his long career and new album, Irreplaceable, which is dedicated to the younger crowd.
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