Our legendary guitar solo of the day is the solo performed in "GIVE ME THE NIGHT" by the legendary guitarist Mr. GEORGE BENSON. "Give Me the Night" is a song recorded by American jazz musician George Benson, which he released from his 1980 studio album of the same title. It was written and composed by Heatwave's keyboard player Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. The song was a commercial success, and was Benson's first single to hit number one on the US Billboard Soul Singles chart. It also peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his most successful pop entry. "Give Me the Night" was one of the last disco singles to become a major success, with the steady decline of the genre in the early 1980s. In this song, Benson is looking forward to a night on the town. Since it's geared to an adult audience, this night is classy, with wine, dancing, and music. There's also loving in the air, so a little late romance is a strong possibility. Benson's voice, caught beautifully in the rich, floating sound, had never before been put to such versatile use. His octave playing style is killer. His approach to octaves (inspired by one of his heroes, Wes Montgomery) is unique, using his thumb and forefinger or middle finger to pluck the strings. While the pick is nested in his palm, he sometimes plays some notes with his thumb a la Wes, before switching back to the plectrum. George Benson is a master soloist, and his command of jazz guitar vocabulary is up there with the best improvisers in the history of jazz. He plays with an effortless swagger borne of the combination of hard work and his own innate musical flair. It's mind blowing. Video credit by Zicopolice.
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