George Benson’s ‘Breezin” is an album produced By Tommy Lipuma, recorded on January 6, 7 & 8, 1976 and released the same year by Warner Bros.
Track Listing : 1.Breezin’ (Bobby Womack) – 05:40 . 2.This Masquerade (Leon Russell) – 08:03 . 3.Six To Four (Phil Upchurch) – 05:06 . 4.Affirmation (José Feliciano) – 07:01 . 5.So This Is Love? (George Benson) – 07:03 . 6.Lady (Ronnie Foster) – 05:49
Musicians : Jorge Dalto – Piano, Clavinet . Ronnie Foster – Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer . Phil Upchurch – Rhythm Guitar . Ralph Macdonald – Percussion . Stanley Banks – Bass . Claus Ogerman – Conductor . Harvey Mason – Drums
Production : Produced By Tommy Lipuma . Don Henderson – Assistant Engineer . Doug Sax – Mastering . Al Schmitt – Engineer, Mixing
Package : Al Young – Liner Notes . Mario Casilli – Photography . Peter Palombi – Design . Ed Thrasher – Art Direction
Recorded On January 6, 7 & 8, 1976 At Capital Records Studios, Hollywood, California.
Released 1976 By Warner Bros..
All About Jazz
Unlike many of the smooth artists of today, his talents have never forsaken his straighter roots. Breezin’ remains an easily accessible introduction to jazz newbies. […]
Smooth Jazz Therapy
The album’s only vocal number was Benson’s sultry take on the Leon Russell composition ‘This Masquerade’. Not only did the song climb to tenth place on the pop singles chart but, in turn, drove ‘Breezin’ to the top of the LP pop charts. In addition it allowed George to unveil what was to become his trademark scatting yet the softer-focused jazz flavored R&B that makes up the remainder of the album also has much to commend it. […]
Jazz And Classic Pop Music
All four of these late seventies albums are worthwhile. Weekend In LA is probably the next best, as it benefits from the energy inherent in live performances. Breezin’, however, certainly deserves it’s classic status as a breakthrough album. […]