All posts tagged: Donny Hathaway

CD Review: George Benson, “Songs and Stories”

Four years ago GRP/Verve released Best of George Benson Live, recorded at a concert the veteran jazz guitarist and singer gave in Belfast, Ireland, in 2000. The set drew mainly from the 1976-’81 period of his career, when he was routinely landing songs in the Billboard pop chart’s top ten (“On Broadway,” “Turn Your Love Around”), winning Grammies in categories such as Record of the Year (1976’s “This Masquerade”), and working with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton during their downtime between blockbuster Michael Jackson albums (1980’s Give Me the Night). Benson makes another conscious nod to that period on Songs and Stories (Concord), his latest studio album. Earlier this month in the New York Times music journalist Jon Caramanica wrote, “Adult soul, as practiced by Maxwell, K’Jon and others, borrows from classic soul in song structure and is preoccupied with more mature themes relevant to an older audience. Twenty years ago some of these records might have been called ‘quiet storm,’ and nowadays there’s overlap between smooth jazz, gospel and adult-oriented R&B.” Benson may be a few generations older …

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Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 31

New baby = less time. Imagine that. I was somehow under the impression that sleepless nights were going to give me plenty of free time to continue to write meaningless drivel in my intros, but I haven’t been able to find the motivation at 3 AM just yet. So, in an effort to continue to give you the “quality” music of Bottom Feeders without interruption, I’m going to move straight to the music for the remainder of 2008. Without further ado, we continue looking at the ass end of the Billboard Hot 100 in the ’80s, with more artists whose names begin with the letter F. Fiona “Talk to Me” — 1985, #64 (download) “Everything You Do (You’re Sexing Me)” — 1989, #52 (download) Fiona Flanagan is less known for her music than for her lead role in the failed 1987 Bob Dylan movie Hearts of Fire. “Everything You Do” is a duet with Bottom Feeders favorite Kip Winger! If I could choose one artist to be the spokesperson for this series, Kip would be …