1981 Al Jarreau – Breakin Away

Breakin’ Away is an album by Al Jarreau, released on June 30, 1981, through the Warner Bros. Records label. To cite Allmusic, “Breakin’ Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound.”

The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Breakin’ Away was the best performance Al Jarreau had on the charts. It stayed on the Billboard 200 for 103 weeks and peaked at #9.The album also hit #1 on both the Jazz and R&B charts.

Three single releases made the charts: “We’re in This Love Together” (#15 pop, #6 AC, #6 R&B), “Breakin’ Away” (#43 pop, #30 AC, #25 R&B), and “Teach Me Tonight” (#70 pop, #19 AC, #51 R&B).
At the Grammy Awards in 1982 the album was given the prize for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, while “(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo à la Turk” received the award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male. The album was also nominated for Album of the Year.

Tracks

1  Closer To Your Love (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) 3:57
2  My Old Friend (Steve George, John Lang, Richard Page) 4:29
We’re In This Love Together (Roger Murrah, Keith Stegall) 3:47
4  Easy (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) 5:26
5  Our Love (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) 3:53
Breakin’ Away (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) 4:13
7  Roof Garden (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) 6:21
8  (Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo A La Turk (Dave Brubeck) 4:44
Teach Me Tonight (Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul) 4:13

Musicians

1 Closer To Your Love

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Steve Gadd
Fender Rhodes Tom Canning
Guitar Jay Graydon
Sax Tom Scott


2 My Old Friend

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Jay Graydon
Fender Rhodes David Foster
Keyboards Tom Canning
Keyboards Michael Boddicker
Horn Jerry Hey
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George


3 We’re In This Love Together

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Jay Graydon
Fender Rhodes Michael Omartian
Keyboards Michael Boddicker
Sax Lon Price


4 Easy

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Jay Graydon
Fender Rhodes Tom Canning
Keyboards Peter Robinson
Keyboards Larry Williams
Keyboards Michael Boddicker
Percussion Bob Zimmetti


5 Our Love

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano David Foster
Keyboards Michael Boddicker
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George


6 Breakin’ Away

Bass Neil Stubenhaus
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano David Foster
Keyboards Michael Boddicker
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet Chuck Findley


7 Roof Garden

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Jay Graydon
Fender Rhodes George Duke
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George


8 (Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo A La Turk

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Steve Gadd
Piano Milchio Leviev
Keyboards Tom Canning
Keyboards Michael Boddicker


9 Teach Me Tonight

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Jay Graydon
Fender Rhodes Tom Canning
Sax Lon Price

Liner Notes

Producer – Jay Graydon
Producer (Associate) – Tom Canning
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 6, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Al Jarreau (Tracks 1 to 7, 9), Jay Graydon (Tracks 1 to 7, 9), Tom Canning (Tracks 1 to 7, 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm), Piano – Milcho Leviev (Track 8)
Arranged By (Strings) – Billy Byers (Track 9), David Foster (Track 5)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Al Jarreau (Track 8), Jay Graydon (Track 8), Tom Canning (Track 8)
Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Engineer – Joe Bogan
Engineer (Second On “Breakin’ Away”) – Csaba Petocz, Mikey Davis
Engineer (Second) – Debbie Thompson
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Jay Graydon
Recorded By (Basic Track) – Larry Brown (Track 6)
Recorded By (Strings) – Humberto Gatica

Art Direction, Design – Christine Sauers
Photography By – Susan Jarreau

Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Jacksonville
Recorded At – Dawnbreaker Studios
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – The Pasha Music House
Overdubbed At – Garden Rake Studio
Mixed At – Garden Rake Studio
Mastered At – A&M Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.