Smooth-talkin' Benson gives good groove

Smooth-talkin' Benson gives good groove

Artist: George Benson

Venue: Kallang Theatre

Attendance: 1,600

When: Monday

SINGAPORE - At age 70, American jazz icon George Benson wanted to prove that he's still sexy at his latest Singapore outing on Monday night.

Then, Benson - who last played here in 2010 as part of the Singapore Sun Festival - showed that he still had some serious swagger.

Throughout the 100-minute show, the 10-time Grammy winner gyrated, swivelled his hips and lavished the ladies in the audience with lots of attention.

For instance, when a female admirer shouted of her love for him in between songs, Benson responded cheekily: "I heard that, lady. And I love you, too. You're the reason I'm here."

What a smooth-talker.

The Pittsburgh native, who got his start in the 1960s as a jazz guitarist, was obviously having fun.

And he didn't shy away from acknowledging his age.

"I better slow down before I fall down," he quipped, after kicking off the show with a couple of rollicking instrumentals, including Weekend In L.A. (1978).

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