THE LEGEND that is George Benson once again appeared at the San Javier Jazz Festival where he is especially beloved by his fans of all nationalities and ages. This is the umpteenth time he’s climbed upon the stage of the Parque Almansa and followed the smooth tones of saxophonist José Luis Gutiérrez.
The man, the guitarist, the singer, the songwriter, a legend of contemporary music, winner of ten Grammy awards simply could not miss the 20th anniversary of this popular festival to where people from all over the country and beyond come to visit. The date is very firmly put into the diary at the earliest opportunity.
At the age of 74, George continues to raise the same expectation every time he appears and this time brought with him a superb group of musicians consisting of
consisting of Stanley Banks on bass, Thom Hall on piano and keyboards, Michael O’Neil on guitar and backing vocals, Khari Parker on drums, Liliana de los Reyes on percussion and choirs, and Randy Waldman as musical director and master of keyboards.
As he made his way through some of his classic ballads and jazz favourites, the audience were in a dancing mood. George obliged with Give Me The Night and the dance floor filled, and stayed full as he moved on to On Broadway.
It was an impeccable but conventional jazz funk concert performed by a born entertainer.
Everything is the same, nothing changes, and that’s what his adoring public had come for. He will be welcome back at any time.