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Breezin' is George Benson's 15th studio album that was released on Warner Bros. Records in 1976.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Breezin' 5:40
  2. This Masquerade 8:03
  3. Six To Four 5:06
  4. Affirmation 7:01
  5. So This Is Love? 7:03
  6. Lady 5:49

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Breezin'" topped the Billboard 200 and Billboard's R&B Albums chart. It was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.

The album won multiple prizes at the 19th Annual Grammy Awards. It 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.

The track "This Masquerade" received the award for "Record of the Year" for LiPuma and Benson. It was also nominated as "Song of the Year" for Leon Russell and as "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male" for Benson.

Critical ReceptionEdit

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".

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."

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