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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1976
Recorded6–8 January 1976
StudioCapitol Records Studios, Hollywood, California
GenreSmooth jazz
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTommy LiPuma
George Benson chronology
Benson & Farrell
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Breezin' is the fifteenth studio album by jazz/soul guitarist and vocalist George Benson. It is his debut on Warner Bros. Records. It not only was a chart topper in the Jazz category but also went to #1 on the pop and R&B charts. It was certified triple platinum, making it one of the best selling Jazz albums of all time.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album marked the beginning of Benson's most successful period commercially. Breezin' topped the Pop, Jazz and R&B album charts in Billboard.[1] It spun off two hit singles, the title song (which has become a fusion jazz standard) and "This Masquerade," which was a top ten pop and R&B hit.[2] The album itself was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.[3]

The album won multiple prizes at the 19th Annual Grammy Awards. The album won the awards Best Pop Instrumental Performance for Benson and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Al Schmitt and was nominated as Album of the Year for Tommy LiPuma and Benson. "This Masquerade" received the award Record of the Year for LiPuma and Benson, while it was nominated as Song of the Year for Leon Russell and as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male for Benson.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[5]

In a contemporaneous review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "C" and dismissed most of its music as "mush".[7] In a retrospective review, Allmusic's Richard S. Ginell gave it three-and-a-half out of five stars and said that, although Benson's guitar is "as assured and fluid as ever", Breezin' is "really not so much a breakthrough as it is a transition album; the guitar is still the core of his identity."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Breezin'"Bobby Womack5:40
2."This Masquerade"Leon Russell8:03
3."Six to Four"Phil Upchurch5:06
Side two
1."Affirmation"José Feliciano7:01
2."So This is Love?"Benson7:03
3."Lady"Ronnie Foster5:49



  • Tommy LiPuma – producer
  • Noel Newbolt – associate producer
  • Al Schmitt – recording, mixing
  • Don Henderson – assistant engineer
  • Doug Sax – mastering at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, California).
  • Ed Thrasher – art direction
  • Robert Lockhart – art direction
  • Peter Palombi – design
  • Mario Casilli – photography

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Breezin' Billboard Albums at AllMusic
  2. ^ Breezin' Billboard Singles at AllMusic
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Benson, George – Breezin_". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  4. ^ "Past Winners Search | – 1976". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (14 June 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  8. ^ Ginell, Richard S.. George Benson: Breezin’ > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 March 2010.

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