George Benson · Lee Ritenour · Quincy Jones

Give Me the Night – George Benson (solo)

Something completely different! Even though they both only last for 8 bars each, I thought i’d transcribe Ge0rge Benson’s solo and the groove (played by fellow jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour) on this Quincy Jones-produced track.

This solo is a really good example of developing a theme – the same, F minor arpeggio-based idea is repeated throughout, but is played rhythmically slightly differently each time. The response then comes from some more ‘stock’ licks which vary in complexity as the solo goes on. The final lick is relatively fast – economy picking helps a lot here.

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