I’ve read a lot of warm reviews in recent weeks for jazz artist George Benson‘s latest album, “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.”
Naturally, if you’re going to record a tribute to Cole, you have to record “Route 66,” written by Bobby Troup. It was one of Cole’s early hits, back in 1946.
This video by Benson’s label, Concord, provides snippets of a few songs from the album, including “Route 66.” I always knew Benson had great chops at a guitar player, but his singing shines here, too — especially for a guy who’s 70 years old.
If you want to hear a complete version of “Route 66″ by Benson, here’s a performance from 2009: