Jazz pop/smooth jazz: “Breezin’”, “This Masquerade”, “Six to Four” and “Affirmation” (George Benson’s version)

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Breezin’

George Benson (guitar), Jorge Dalto (piano, clavinet), Ronnie Foster (electric piano, Minimoog synthesizer), Phil Upchurch (rhythm guitar, electric bass), Harveand Mason (drums), Ralph McDonald (percussion), string section and flutes. From the album Breezin’ (1976).

The year 1976 saw a quantum leap in George Benson’s musical career when he switched to Warner Bros. Records and launched Breezin’, which marked the beginning of his most commercially successful period. In this case Claus Ogerman is the author of the arrangements, which have a funky flavor, and although on most of the album we find Benson performing with the same confident and fluid style as in previous projects for the CTI label, it was the only song on which he sings, “This Masquerade,” the one that turned him into a pop star. In it he introduces a new form of improvisation that consists of playing guitar while singing in scat the same notes as with the instrument. In this way it turned into a top ten pop and R&B hit. In addition, it peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop albums charts, and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The song “Breezin’” became a smooth jazz standard, and Breezin’ won Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and was certified triple Platinum.

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In 1977 Benson appeared in Canadian trumpeter Maynard Ferguson’s Conquistador and drummer Harvey Mason’s Funk in a Mason Jar. His ballad “The Greatest Love of All” was featured in the movie The Greatest about the life of mythical boxer Muhammad Ali. After the success of “This Masquerade”, he launched In Flight (1977) singing on six of the songs adapting his tenor voice to the soul texture and doing more vocal solos in unison with the guitar, which were very well received by the audience. The album was certified triple Platinum.

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George Benson

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In 1978 Benson contributed to widely recognized jazz fusion drummer Tony Williams’ The Joy of Flying, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s Super Blue, Brazilian pianist Eumir Deodato’s Love Island and Harlem Underground Band’s Erotic Moods.

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George Benson

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℗ Warner Bros Records

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This Masquerade

George Benson (vocals, guitar), Phil Upchurch (rhythm guitar), Jorge Dalto (piano, clavinet), Ronnie Foster (electric piano, Minimoog synthesizer), Stanleand Banks (electric bass), Harveand Mason (drums), Ralph McDonald (percussion) and string section. From the album Breezin’ (1976).

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℗ Warner Bros Records

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Six to Four

George Benson (guitar), Jorge Dalto (piano, clavinet), Ronnie Foster (electric piano, Minimoog synthesizer), Phil Upchurch (rhithm guitar, electric bass), Harveand Mason (drums), Ralph McDonald (percussion) and string section. From the album Breezin’ (1976).

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℗ Warner Bros Records

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Affirmation (George Benson’s version)

George Benson (guitar), Phil Upchurch (rhythm guitar), Jorge Dalto (piano, clavinet), Ronnie Foster (electric piano, Minimoog synthesizer), Stanleand Banks (electric bass), Harveand Mason (drums), Ralph McDonald (percussion) and string section. From the album Breezin’ (1976).

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℗ Warner Bros Records

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