Breakin' Away

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Released in 1981, Breakin' Away is not only a great follow-up to This Time, it all but perfected the effort. With an amazing batch of songs, producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players, Breakin' Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound. "Closer to Your Love" comes off as a tougher, more confident version of the songs from the previous album. However, in short order, Breakin' Away assumes its own identity with brilliant results. Everything works so well here that the hit, the pleasing "We're in This Love Together," comes off as the weak link. "Easy," with its gorgeous and subtle Latin flourishes, has Jarreau's purposeful delivery coming off ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Released in 1981, Breakin' Away is not only a great follow-up to This Time, it all but perfected the effort. With an amazing batch of songs, producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players, Breakin' Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound. "Closer to Your Love" comes off as a tougher, more confident version of the songs from the previous album. However, in short order, Breakin' Away assumes its own identity with brilliant results. Everything works so well here that the hit, the pleasing "We're in This Love Together," comes off as the weak link. "Easy," with its gorgeous and subtle Latin flourishes, has Jarreau's purposeful delivery coming off oddly poignant in its joy and beauty. The bittersweet "My Old Friend" has him giving a charming and understated reading with gorgeous synth signatures that speak volumes. Most of Breakin' Away has Jarreau in great spirits and giving one great performance after another, like the powerful and melody-rich title song. Like his best albums, this gives Jarreau plenty of room to exercise his chops. He struts through the funky and elegant "Roof Garden," and on the impressive "Round, Round, Round Blue Rondo a la Turk" he offers great scats and whimsical lyrics. For the final track, Jarreau brings new life to "Teach Me Tonight" and it has a sweeping, dreamy arrangement. Produced by Jay Graydon, Breakin' Away is a great album and informed a lot of Jarreau's subsequent efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992357623
  • Catalog Number: 3576
  • Sales rank: 38,201

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Closer to Your Love (3:54)
  2. 2 My Old Friend (4:26)
  3. 3 We're in This Love Together (3:44)
  4. 4 Easy (5:23)
  5. 5 Our Love (3:53)
  6. 6 Breakin' Away (4:12)
  7. 7 Roof Garden (6:19)
  8. 8 Blue Rondo a la Turk (4:44)
  9. 9 Teach Me Tonight (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jarreau Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Williams Synthesizer
George Duke fender rhodes
Milcho Leviev Piano, Keyboards
Tom Scott Horn
David Foster Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes
Bill Champlin Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Tom Canning Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Steve Gadd Drums
Steve George Background Vocals
Jay Graydon Synthesizer, Electric Guitar
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Steve Lukather Electric Guitar
Michael Omartian Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Richard Page Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Electric Guitar
Lon Price Alto Saxophone
Peter Robinson Synthesizer
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Neil Steubenhaus Bass
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Technical Credits
Al Jarreau Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Milcho Leviev rhythm arrangement
David Foster String Arrangements
Billy Byers String Arrangements
Tom Canning Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Jay Graydon Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Joe Bogan Engineer
Lawrence Brown Engineer
Mikey Davis Engineer
Christine Sauers Art Direction
Debbie Thompson Engineer
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