George Benson - Breezin' (Blue Vinyl)
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- Pop Music is donating 15% of the proceeds from the sale of this record to Black Artists' Networks In Dialogue. The Toronto-based organization is dedicated to supporting, documenting and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black artists and cultural workers in Canada and internationally.
George Benson's 1976 album Breezin' began a very commercially successful era for guitarist George Benson. The guitarist’s 15th album helped define smooth jazz and the future of music despite lacking the punch of his past releases. The record features the hit singles “The Masquerade” and "Breezin'".
Breezin’ has endured the test of time, not only as a genre-spawning classic, solidifying what would eventually become the oft-lampooned smooth jazz genre, but also as the forefather for hip-hop and lo-fi cuts that directly praise the album for its tameness.
The album won 'Best Pop Instrumental Performance' and was also nominated for 'Album of The Year', while “The Masquerade” won 'Record of The Year' and was nominated for 'Song of The Year' at the 19th annual Grammy Awards.
Heavyweight BLUE vinyl produced by Rhino Records in celebration of Black History Month 2021.