Keeping with the “instrumental Sunday” theme, I present George Benson’s “Breezin'” as the Sunday morning groove.
Up until this album, Benson was primarily known as a guitarist who might sing. After this album, he started to become a singer who just so happens to be a first-rate guitarist. When “This Masquerade” was released as a single, it became a top ten Pop and R&B hit, and won Record Of The Year at the Grammy Awards. And so began a string of songs where Benson’s voice became the featured instrument, while his guitar became a guest addition.
No matter how well he sung, though, Benson’s guitar playing remained his greatest calling card. Listening to this song, one where you don’t hear him scat along with his guitar lines, you can see just how talented he was, and is. On a song written by the late Bobby Womack, and performed originally by Gabor Szabo (also deceased) with Womack on rhythm guitar, Benson simply shines.
Enjoy the song and enjoy your Sunday. As a bonus, here’s Szabo’s original.