George Benson - Breezin'
George Benson - Breezin'
George Benson - Breezin'
George Benson - Breezin'

George Benson - Breezin'

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George Benson, lead guitar, vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring George Benson]

Phil Upchurch, rhythm guitar

Ronnie Foster, electric piano, mini Moog

Jorge Dalto, clavinet, acoustic piano

Stanley Banks, bass

Harvey Mason, drums

Ralph MacDonald, percussion


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : RTI

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : Warner Bros

Recorded 6–8 January 1976 in Capitol Records Studios, Hollywood, California

Engineered & mixed by Al Schmitt

Produced by Tommy LiPuma

Remastered by Joe Reagoso

Originally released in 1976

Reissued in 2013



Side A :

  1. Breezin'
  2. This Masquerade
  3. Six To Four


Side B :

  1. Affirmation
  2. So This Is Love?
  3. Lady


Reviews :

"All of a sudden, George Benson became a pop superstar with this album, thanks to its least representative track. Most of Breezin' is a softer-focused variation of Benson's R&B/jazz-flavored CTI work, his guitar as assured and fluid as ever with Claus Ogerman providing the suave orchestral backdrops and his crack then-working band (including Ronnie Foster on keyboards and sparkplug Phil Upchurch on rhythm guitar) pumping up the funk element. Yet it is the sole vocal track (his first in many years), Leon Russell's "This Masquerade" -- where George unveiled his new trademark, scatting along with a single-string guitar solo -- that reached number ten on the pop singles chart and drove the album all the way to number one on the pop (!) LP chart. The attractive title track also became a minor hit single, although Gabor Szabo's 1971 recording with composer Bobby Womack is even more fetching. In the greater scheme of Benson's career, Breezin' is really not so much a breakthrough as it is a transition album; the guitar is still the core of his identity." AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell


Ratings :

AllMusic : 3,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,12 / 5

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