The George Benson Cookbook

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The George Benson Cookbook
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Studio album by
Released 1967
Recorded August 1, 1966 - October 19, 1966
Genre Jazz
Length 40:50
Label Columbia
Producer John Hammond
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars [2]

The George Benson Cookbook is the third studio album by jazz/soul guitarist George Benson, and the second to be produced by John Hammond.


The Hard Bop Homepage says of the album, "This is basically the George Benson quartet, with Smith and Cuber, but trombonist Bennie Green and percussionist Pucho were added on some tracks, giving them a bop flavor that delighted dedicated jazz fans and critics. Benson's quartet was modeled after Jack McDuff's--with baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, organist Lonnie Smith, a powerhouse player who deserved more attention than he ever received, and Jimmy Lovelace or Marion Booker on drums. The sonorous tone of Cuber's baritone gives the quartet a richer, more dense texture than that obtained by McDuff, who used a tenor, but the overall sound is the same. At twenty-five, Ronnie Cuber was an alumnus of Marshall Brown's celebrated Newport Youth Band; he had spent the previous two years with Maynard Ferguson's very loud and brassy orchestra, which may account for his aggressive style, but Cuber's approach also emphasized rhythm, and that was precisely the ingredient called for by a "soul jazz" group of this kind."[3]

Track listing

All tracks composed by George Benson; except where indicated

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Cooker"   4:18
2. "Benny's Back"   4:10
3. "Bossa Rocka"   4:20
4. "All of Me" Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons 2:08
5. "Big Fat Lady"   4:40
6. "Benson's Rider"   5:30
7. "Ready and Able" Jimmy Smith 3:32
8. "The Borgia Stick"   3:05
9. "Return of the Prodigal Son" Harold Ousley 2:34
10. "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" Lester Young 6:33
Total length: 40:50

2007 remastered CD / Blu-spec CD bonus tracks

No. Title Length
11. "The Man from Toledo" 2:08
12. "Slow Scene" 3:11
13. "Let Them Talk" 2:51
14. "Goodnight" 2:21
Total length: 50:31


The George Benson Quartet


  1. ^ The George Benson Cookbook at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 23. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ The Hardbop Homepage: The George Benson Cookbook

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