In the second bar, George Benson plays a G 5 triad, followed by a G altered scale phrase. This phrase is a commonly used device that Benson, and many other jazz guitarists, use to add chromaticism to their soloing lines. The lick works as such: when you have two notes a half-step apart such as F and E in the example below , you can play the higher note F , then two chromatic notes below the second note D and D , that lead into the lower of the two first notes E. Here is an example of that lick used over a G7 scale. I have added in the bebop lick to both of these locations in the scale. The blue-colored notes are the added chromatic notes.
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At the age of eight, he played guitar  in an unlicensed nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights, but the police soon closed the club down. At the age of 9, he started to record. When this was discovered tied with the failure of his single his guitar was impounded. Luckily, after he spent time in a juvenile detention centre his stepfather made him a new guitar. Benson attended and graduated from Schenley High School.
One of his many early guitar heroes was country-jazz guitarist Hank Garland. His release, Bad Benson, climbed to the top spot in the Billboard jazz chart, while the follow-ups, Good King Bad 51 Pop album and Benson and Farrell with Joe Farrell , both reached the jazz top-three sellers. See media help. By the mid-to-late s, as he recorded for Warner Bros. Records , a whole new audience began to discover Benson. He had sung vocals infrequently on albums earlier in his career, notably his rendition of " Here Comes the Sun " on the Other Side of Abbey Road album.
The rest of the album is instrumental, including his rendition of the Jose Feliciano composition "Affirmation". It was here that he clearly proved them wrong. He has worked with Freddie Hubbard on a number of his albums throughout the s, s and s. More importantly, Quincy Jones encouraged Benson to search his roots for further vocal inspiration, and he rediscovered his love for Nat Cole , Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway in the process, influencing a string of further vocal albums into the s.
Benson accumulated three other platinum LPs and two gold albums. In September, he returned to perform at Rock in Rio festival, in Rio de Janeiro, 35 years after his first performance at this festival, which was then the inaugural one.
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