Legendary George Benson is releasing one of the most meaningful albums of his career: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. Featuring heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs, the album sees Benson backed by the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and is complemented by duets with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, and a special collaboration with multi-Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
A dream project for Benson, this album is a love letter to Cole and a tribute in gratitude for his deep musical inspiration. It also demonstrates how uniquely suited Benson is to recreate and interpret these timeless treasures. Highlights on the album include an adaptation of Nelson Riddle’s arrangement of Just One of Those Things, with a signature Benson vocal/guitar scat solo, and Benson’s reading of the original chart of Nature Boy, which he previously interpreted and made a pop hit in the late ‘70s. The album also contains stunning duets with Idina Menzel on When I Fall In Love, and Judith Hill on Too Young, as well the incomparable trumpet work of Wynton Marsalis on a fresh new arrangement of Unforgettable.
Release Date: June 10th 2013