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Breakin' Away is an album by Al Jarreau, released on June 30, 1981, through the Warner Bros. Records label. To quote Allmusic, "Breakin' Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound."[1]

Breakin' Away
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 30, 1981
GenreCrossover jazz, rhythm and blues, funk
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJay Graydon
Al Jarreau chronology
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The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[2]

Charts and awardsEdit

Breakin' Away remains Al Jarreau's most popular album. It spent two years on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #9.[3] 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.

Track listingEdit

1."Closer to Your Love"Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau3:54
2."My Old Friend"Steve George, John Lang, Richard Page4:26
3."We're in This Love Together"Roger Murrah, Keith Stegall3:44
4."Easy"Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Jarreau5:23
5."Our Love"Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Jarreau3:53
6."Breakin' Away"Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Jarreau4:12
7."Roof Garden"Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Jarreau6:19
8."(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo à la Turk"Dave Brubeck4:44
9."Teach Me Tonight"Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul4:13



  • Producer, Mixing – Jay Graydon
  • Associate Producer – Tom Canning
  • Engineer – Joe Bogan
  • Second Engineer – Debbie Thompson
  • Basic tracks recorded at Dawnbreaker Studios (San Fernando, CA).
  • Basic track recording for "Breakin' Away" by Larry Brown at Pasha Music (Hollywood, CA); Second Engineers – Mikey Davis and Csaba Petocz.
  • Strings recorded by Humberto Gatica at Sunset Sound (Hollywood, CA).
  • Overdubs and mixing at Garden Rake Studios (Studio City, CA).
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – Christine Sauers
  • Photography – Susan Jarreau


  1. ^ "Allmusic review".
  2. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Al Jarreau". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top Pop Albums 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., 1985, p. 183, 495.