Album review: George Benson, In Your Eyes (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 1, 1983

By Steve Newton

With the help of such fine session musicians as drummers Steve Gadd and Steve Ferrone, bassists Will Lee and Marcus Miller, keyboardists David Paich and Jorge Dalto, and saxman David Sanborn, George Benson has come up with another tantalizing collection of funk and soul-laden love songs.

Produced by Warner Bros. mogul Arif Mardin, In Your Eyes is the type of record that takes a few listens to really hook the listener. It isn’t as immediately enchanting as 1980’s Quincy Jones production, Give Me the Night. But after a couple of spins Benson’s sensuous version of Eugene McDaniels’ “Feel Like Making Love” becomes something you want to hear again and again.

Hamish Stuart of the Average White Band co-wrote two of the songs, “Never Too Far to Fall” and “Love Will Come Again”. On the latter tune he teams with Benson and Chaka Khan to provide some lovely background vocal harmonies.

The album’s two instrumentals, “Being With You” and “In Search of a Dream” give Benson the opportunity to showcase his considerable solo guitar talents, and his fluid, vocal-sounding riffs are delicately beautiful in tone and structure. His standing as one of the finest commercially potent jazz players around has not diminished one iota since his 1976 hit album Breezin’.

At least not in my books anyway.

 

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