"After The Rush" the new album from Aaron Benson is as fresh as it is timeless!! A mix of smooth and exciting sounds drawing from Cool Jazz, Soul, R'n'B, Latin and infused with a touch of Uptown Blues - The CD has instantly been met with much acclaim! Aaron is a guitarist with that rare ability to transcend genres. Born in Melbourne Australia and having performed in a multitude of settings around the world his music captures the feeling of today even when playing homage to yesterday.
His mellifluous melodies, cool grooves, and earthy sophistication are all represented here displaying a seductive blend of strong musicianship, versatility and a keen ear for creating exciting and inspiring music ... While heavily influenced by many of the great guitarists both old and new - the thing that gives his music an extra dimension is an equally un-abated love for expressive vocalists. This adds a lyrical quality to his songs and arrangements that captures the ears of anyone with an appreciation of great melodies, soulful tones and consummate playing ...
Whether it be the uplifting funky flavour of "Uptown Avenue" the streetwise groove of "The Chase Is On" or the tantalizing "My Love is your Love" and "When Hearts are Singing" - these songs are beautifully balanced with the sleek and sensual "Slo Notion" and luxurious "Your Soulful Whisper" which is a prelude of more things to come. The singing tone of "Havana Moonlight" certainly delivers a spark that could fire up many different occasions with it's hypnotic Latin rhythms and simmering guitar lines.
Other highlights of the CD are the slinky Barry White meets Wes Montgomery cover "Practice What You Preach" and the atmospheric closing ballad "Way Past Midnight" which conjures up all kinds of images from classic cinematic moments, old smoky jazz clubs through to romantic endeavours - finesse is the key word here.
Virtually immediately upon release the CD has garnered an enthusiastic response and radio airplay..."The Smooth Jazz Network" has added four tracks to its playlist along with being presented as a featured artist on the "Jazz across the World Program"...... with others soon to follow suit.
A chance meeting with Carlos Santana inspired Carlos enough to refer to him as a 'very happening gentleman'. These types of accolades and a continual desire to produce high quality yet accessible material are a credit to his ongoing appeal. Aaron continues to evolve with his fingers on the pulse and as a recording artist with fresh and no doubt enduring works.
The above material along with the tasty BONUS CD with solo guitar interpretations of Soul/Latin/Classic and original songs is a wonderful tonic to today's hectic pace...... The perfect soundtrack for a long day carrying through to a great night! CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!
Richard Leche (October 2004).