U-Nam | Weekend in L.A (A Tribute to George Benson )

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Weekend in L.A (A Tribute to George Benson )

by U-Nam

Nº1 Jazz Album in Japan / Nº1 Neo-Soul Album & Nº1 Smooth Jazz Amazon USA 08/2012 ! All-Star Tribute To George Benson feat. George Duke, Marcus Miller, Stokley (Mint Condition), Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson Jr, Ronnie Foster, Andreas Oberg, WahWahWatson
Genre: Jazz: Neo-Soul
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1. Weekend in L.A (feat. Andreas Oberg & Ronnie Foster)
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2. Give Me the Night (feat. Tim "Tio" Owens)
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3. Shiver (feat. Paul Jackson Jr & Tim "Tio" Owens)
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4. Love X Love
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5. Nature Boy (feat. Stokley Williams)
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6. This Masquerade (feat. Marcus Miller, Phil Perry, Tim "Tio" Owens, Jeff Lacey & George Duke)
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7. Hip Skip
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8. I Just Wanna Hang Around You (feat. Tim "Tio" Owens)
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9. Turn Your Love Around
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10. Before You Go / Breezin' (feat. Patrice Rushen)
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11. On Broadway (feat. Tim "Tio" Owens & Jeff Lacey)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nº1 Jazz Album on ITunes Japan - Nº1 Neo-Soul Album & Nº1 Smooth Jazz Album on Amazon USA


Los Angeles, CA - “This monumental project includes some of my superstar friends who are among the world’s best known artists of our time. The man known as U-Nam, is destined to become one of the most controversial musicians and his music will give you renewed desire for powered guitar. It is an honor to be the subject of this new guitar and musical star. This project sounds FANTASTIC...” - George Benson
Highly acclaimed French guitarist U-Nam (#1 Hit on the Billboard Charts in 2007) has taken on the ambitious project of creating a George Benson Tribute, acknowledged as no small task by those familiar with the Legend’s music. But according to GB himself, U-Nam is surely qualified for this undertaking. This album includes a MEGA ALL-STAR line up of artists and musicians including many of the talented performers that appeared on George Benson’s historic albums. Some of the artists on the album include but are not limited to:
George Duke, Marcus Miller, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Phil Perry, Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson Jr, Ronnie Foster, Andreas Oberg, Tim “TiO” Owens, Wah Wah Watson, Michael White, Dio Saucedo, and many more.
According to U-Nam, one can, “Expect the Unexpected!" as a part of the “Best, Biggest, Most Exciting and Intimidating project of his life." The album is going to follow in the footsteps of “GB" with a mix of Jazz, R'n'B, Pop, Soul and musical innovation.
The first three singles of the album “Give Me The Night”, “Love X Love” and “Shiver” have already reached Top 5 on several R’n’B and Jazz charts throughout the world.
As said and recorded by Jeff Lacey, “GB's the King, U-Nam's the Prince".

Critics sing praises about
Guitarist, Producer and Composer, U-Nam


“He is definitely a Benson fan but he has the energy that only youth can bring to the rhythms
and ideas of today’s concepts.The man known as U-Nam, is destined to become one of the most controversial musicians
and his music will give you renewed desire for powered guitar.It is an honor to be the subject of this new guitar and musical star.”
-George Benson-

“A new star on the rise, to say the least, U-Nam, a tremendously talented jazz guitarist in the vein of… let’s say, George Benson,
Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny. Make no mistake about it; U-Nam is no carbon copy. He is definitely the boss of his guitar. Back From
The 80’s features a fresh take on 80’s hits, filled with funky memorable hooks and irresistible melodies with a head-bobbin’ groove that exposes
U-Nam’s virtuoso guitar skills and keen composition chops.” -
-Abyss Jazz Magazine-


“From polished straightforward jazz to bursts of raucous R&B,
Unanimity has it all: fans justifiably enamored with his first two CD's
won't be disappointed, and for those who've unschooled on his prowess,
U-Nam is an awe-inspiring original…”
-Melody Charles, Soultracks.com-

“U-Nam successfully mixes traditional jazz elements, ala George Benson,
with more modern, urban sounds to create a wonderful listening experience. 
His many acrobatic guitar runs are soulfully sublime and an exceptional
aural treat.To stand out on an album that contains so many wonderful guitarists
is a testament to his marvelous skill.”
-Randall Parrish, JazzReview.com-

“U-Nam's upcoming album Weekend In L.A. demands the full attention of the listener.
There is no place for soft tones.
U-Nam rides with flying colors to Benson's throne.”
-HBH, Smoothjazz.de-

“Unanimity sounds, perhaps, how Benson might have had—after virtually creating the smooth jazz genre singlehandedly—
he decided to go to Paris, immerse himself in some old school '60s Motown, Stax and Atlantic soul music,
and then record an album with the results.
U-Nam isn't just a particularly attentive student of the Benson approach to guitar stylings; he also brings his own ideas to the party.”
-Jeff Winbush, All That Jazz-

“This is a totally fresh, energetic tour de force into some 80's nostalgia and tasty originals... all with a very hip musical patina.
U-Nam calls his music "Classy, Jazzy, Funky, Frenchy." I call it essential for this format right now. If you're a Smooth Jazz programmer
and you're not playing something from BACK FROM THE 80's on your station, then your programmer's license should be revoked!”
-Scott O’Brien, SmoothJazz.com-




Reviews


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Gareth Davies

DUPLICATION DUPE
When you can satisfy your musical taste buds with George Benson originals why would anyone want to settle for even half decent covers? I can see no mileage or artistic value in this exercise unless it significantly enhances or differs from the classic Benson originals. In that it fails miserably but that is my subjective opinion only. Check it out for yourself before you committ your hard earned cash to it

Steve Cohen

here's what the people say and why the album is a HIT.and why George Benson, him
No one can do the unanimity, and a lot of people are jealous, some don't understand that a "Tribute" pays hommage, shows some love and respect to an Artist and in that case, no one did ever really pay hommage to one of the few rare Jazz/R'n'B living legend Mr George Benson. so here's what the people that really bought the album are saying and why George Benson, himself approved it and love it too. :

"This is a must have #1 chart-topping album, "Weekend in L.A." If you haven't heard the album yet, I highly recommend it. The tribute to George Benson is unquestionably one of the best albums I've ever heard and has received George's blessing. The roster of all-star musicians from Paul Brown to George Duke topped off with the silky smooth voice of Tio Owens is a is a jazz-fan music lover's dream. This is the future of Contemporary Jazz. From start to finish every song is radio play ready. Are you listening radio? "Debbie Parks

"This is amazing stuff! I thoroughly enjoyed the CD for it's refreshing and energetic sound. If you want to treat yourself to some great jazz, you need to buy this CD." JazzFan


"The height of George Benson's popularity was long before I really had any interest in music and even though I've always appreciated how much of an influence he has been in soul, rnb and jazz, it wasn't until I heard U-Nam's project that his music really resonated with me. U-Nam's contemporary interpretations of GB's music definitely appeal to a new generation of fans and I'm really glad he completed this project. It has introduced me to a lot of really talented artists as well and I can't wait to hear U-Nam's future projects." Shannon Kennedy

"Nice to hear George's music with a special twist form other musicians. Nice hop hop flava as well. I like U-Nam from way before this...great job!"AJs World

"Got this CD early on Pledge Music, signed & with a guitar pick, I had heard U-Nam prior being a Jazz fan and when I saw this could not resist, I knew he would be the best at doing a tribute to a man who is an outstanding musician and with U-Nam's talent and vision, you could not go wrong. I love this album and play it constantly, I never tire of hearing the music and look forward to more from U-Nam."Linda Hackley

"This is such a great CD if you haven't gotten a copy then get it now...I got mine 2 months before the release and knew even then it was gonna be a hit...BRAVO U-Nam !!!!! It's a must have"Rhonda Powell

"Thanks for doing this, brilliant track" Colin Hughes Strawberry Jazz ( Solar Radio )

"An excellent fitting tribute to a living legend very tastefully done” Ash Selector (SOLAR RADIO) UK

"Can't wait for the album...You're a star!" Steve Quirk ( JazzFM UK )

"It's that same quality funk that you always provide! we're gonna "high rotate" it for the rest of the summer.. It's definitely a big summer anthem... this will be big, even bigger than the one they did for the Quincy Jones album recently on 90.9 Jazzy, Tuesday, our DJ will announce the world premiere of U-Nam's new single in our afternoon show, Happy Hours 6PM CET."Laszlo Kovacs ( Program Director, JAZZY 90.9 Hungary )

U-Nam,
This is a smoking cover of George Benson's song and I love Tim Owens singing it. When will the cd be released! Terri Scott ( Talking SmoothJazz.com ) US
I can keep going like that and even talking about all the great and rave professional reviews all around the world, so don't listen to jealous people that just like to post mean comments and stupid reviews, just judge by yourself and buy what you like and let's give the last word to the one and only, George Benson, at least he knows what he's talking about, no ?

“This monumental project includes some of my superstar friends who are among the world’s best known artists of our time. The man known as U-Nam, is destined to become one of the most controversial musicians and his music will give you renewed desire for powered guitar. It is an honor to be the subject of this new guitar and musical star. This project sounds FANTASTIC...” - George Benson
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