Sign in to view read count Thanks to George Benson sometime in I became a jazz fan. I was also listening to Chuck Mangione and Al Jarreau. I found an old now out-of-print George Benson record called Benson Burner where he played soul jazz and bebop. These musicians provided the sounds of my college years, but also directed me to my future studies in the respected churches of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Jazz musicians, even those we, of the elitist jazz snob schools, look down on, can lead adventurous and even semi-adventurous listeners back through history and more importantly prepare them for the inevitable changes the future of jazz will bring. In the late seventies, as well as today LiPuma understood the devices needed to sell jazz to a larger audience than to hard-core jazz fans.
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Subscribe now to keep up with the the latest posts! George is an American jazz musician who has won multiple Grammy Awards. He has been making music professionally since the s. For years, and I mean many, many years, I had this song in my head. I played the main melody over and over again in my mind, wondering where it was from or what it was called. It always totally reminded me of a 70s game show or something like that. I assumed it was just a snippet of music, not a full song, and that I would never find out what it was.
Until summer I was sitting at Starbucks doing some work, with some chill music playing in my headphones, and then all of a sudden I could hear the song playing in the background. So of course I whipped off my headphones and quickly brought up Shazam, not knowing if it would have any idea of what it was, or even if it was the version I had always been thinking of. Well, it found a match, so I added it to my Apple Music library and gave it a listen.
Yep, it was the one. The flutes, as mentioned above, the tight percussion, and the beautiful orchestral strings. They kind of remind me of another song that brings me back to my childhood, the theme from A Summer Place. This version has a different feel to it, definitely lighter, not as funky. You can read more of the history of the song here.
The other thing is that I found out why I had the song in my head from my childhood. Turns out that it was the theme song to the Joyce Davidson Show , an afternoon talk show in Toronto. I used to come home from school for lunch break, and I guess I heard it often enough that it stuck for all those years.
I am so thankful that I happened to be sitting underneath that speaker at Starbucks that night. Being able to listen to the song now really reminds me of my parents and my childhood home.
Breezin’ – George Benson
Breezin George Benson FREE MIDI
George Benson: Breezin'