Breakwater (band)

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Origin Philadelphia, United States
Genres Funk, soul, R&B
Years active 1971–1980, 2010 - Present
Labels Arista
Website Official website
Members Gene Robinson
James Gee Jones
Lincoln 'Zay' Gilmore
Steve Green
Vince Garnell
Greg Scott
John 'Dutch' Braddock
Kae Williams Jr.

Breakwater is a funk and soul American band from Philadelphia, formed in 1971. The original members of Breakwater consisted of Gene Robinson, James Gee Jones, Lincoln 'Zay' Gilmore, Steve Green, Vince Garnell, Greg Scott, John 'Dutch' Braddock, and Kae Williams, Jr.

The band released two albums: Breakwater in 1978, and Splashdown in 1980. The latter features the song "Release the Beast", which was sampled for the Murs track "Intro" in the album Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition. "Release the Beast" was later sampled by Daft Punk for the song "Robot Rock", which appeared on the album Human After All.


The sound of Breakwater's music is normally that of slow jams, but they have been known to incorporate rock music and funk styles into their songs, much like their song titled "You". "Release the Beast" is best known by non-funk music fans, and the band's sound can be closer compared to that of Con Funk Shun or Earth, Wind & Fire.[citation needed]

Breakwater Today[edit]

After several years away from the music scene, Funk/R&B/Soul band BREAKWATER is reunited, stronger than ever, continuing a musical journey that many felt was left unfinished. Though some missed the artistry of the band that has since been sampled by Daft Punk, as well as Kindred The Family Soul with Snoop Dogg, they were still able to establish one of the most solid, devoted, and loving fan base that continues to exist and support them to this day. Five of the eight original members of the Arista recording act are back Gene Robinson Jr., Vocals, Jimmy Jones, Drums/ Vocals, John "Dutch" Braddock, Percussion, Greg Scott Sax/Vocals, and Steve Green, Bass/Vocals - complimented by three additional horn players, a guitarist, keyboard and backup vocalist. They have come together for a second go-round of Funk, great love songs and jazz grooves that made them a regular on the national music scene. Happy to be back and armed with new material and solid grooves, Breakwater has set out to satisfy the thirst of those devoted followers as well as bringing in a whole new listening audience of those who just never got the chance to experience their unique mix of R&B/Jazz/Funk featuring top notch horns, easy melodies, and pulsating grooves. So if you ever have the opportunity to check them out live, it promises to be an unforgettable experience.


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