New Listening Room: George Benson pays tribute to Nat "King" Cole

George Benson is a legend in both the soul and jazz worlds, perhaps the most important contemporary jazz artist of the last half century. After four years of touring and developing “An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole,” George has made an "inspired" album -- Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.  This disc is a testament to the spirit of Cole’s timeless body of work. Benson’s heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs with Nelson Riddle arrangements and the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra are complemented by duets with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, along with a special collaboration with multi-GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

George Benson is a legend in both the soul and jazz worlds, perhaps the most important contemporary jazz artist of the last half century. After four years of touring and developing “An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole,” George has made an "inspired" album -- Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.  This disc is a testament to the spirit of Cole’s timeless body of work. Benson’s heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs with Nelson Riddle arrangements and the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra are complemented by duets with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, along with a special collaboration with multi-GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Speaking on recording the album Benson says, “I felt every moment of it. You can’t put together a record like this without putting your heart into it. I got that from Nat King Cole. He put his heart into everything he did.”

We're feeling it too. So much so, that it is our newest Listening Room. Check out the songs below and tell us what you think! And then click on the link below to purchase the album for a special price

 

 

Click on CD cover (left) to listen to or purchase "Inspiration" from George Benson

 

 

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