Limited Edition 180g Vinyl! Impeccably Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso From Original Warner Bros. Tapes with Kevin Gray! Pressed at RTI!
Features Classic Jazz, Soul & Blues Interpretations of Songs by Leon Russell, Jose Feliciano, Bobby Womack & George Benson
1976 was an incredible year for George Benson. Already a jazz veteran since the early '60s, the stars just seem to line up perfectly with his masterwork number one pop, soul, and jazz chart album Breezin’.
Produced by Tommy LiPuma and orchestrated by Claus Ogerman, George Benson and a handful of soulful musicians single-handedly created the very first platinum album in jazz music.
Cohesively picking some of the classiest tunes of all time, George started things off with Bobby Womack’s soul groover and title track Breezin’. With Benson’s skillful octave riffing and his natural guitar prowess complemented by a masterful band and orchestra, it truly ushered in an avalanche of success for this legendary musician. The popular instrumental would go on to win a Grammy for the Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1976!
But lightning continued to strike as George’s love of rock music is highlighted in the album as he dives into the Leon Russell songbook and creates his own funk masterpiece with This Masquerade. The top charting tune was unstoppable as it was played on every format of radio imaginable. Featuring his soulful vocals for the first time for many of his fans, it also brought the artist even more acclaim as it won another Grammy for Song Of The Year!
Whether jazz, pop, soul, rock, adult contemporary, George Benson’s Breezin’ album was a crowd pleaser. With his own classics like So This Is Love?, his brilliant interpretation of Jose Feliciano’s Affirmation, and Phil Upchurch’s rockin’ soul jam Six To Four, it all helped him grab another Grammy for Best Engineered Album too, making this one amazing career achievement for the man.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso from the original Warner Bros. tapes at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray and manufactured at RTI, Friday Music releases George Benson's monumental jazz and pop classic Breezin’ on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl. The album also includes the original album cover graphics from the groundbreaking 1976 release.
Features: • 180g Vinyl • Impeccably Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray • Mastered from original Warner Bros. Tapes • Pressed at RTI
Musicians: George Benson, lead guitar, vocals Phil Upchurch, rhythm guitar Ronnie Foster, electric piano, mini Moog Jorge Dalto, clavinet, acoustic piano Stanley Banks, bass Harvey Mason,d rums Ralph MacDonald, percussion
Selections: Side One: 1. Breezin' 2. This Masquerade 3. Six To Four Side Two: 1. Affirmation 2. So This Is Love? 3. Lady