The band, originally from Philadelphia was formed in 1971. The original members of Breakwater consisted of Gene Robinson, James Gee Jones, Lincoln ‘Zay’ Gilmore, Steve Green, Vince Garnell, Greg Scott, John ‘Dutch’ Braddock, and Kae Williams, Jr. They were signed to the Arista label in 1978. Their second album Splashdown, which was released in 1980 has been referred to by Tom Bowker of the Broward Palm Beach New Times as a funk masterpiece.
The sound of Breakwater’s music is normally that of slow jams, but they have been known to incorporate rock music and funk styles into their songs, much like their song titled “You”. “Release the Beast” is best known by non-funk music fans, and the band’s sound can be closer compared to that of Con Funk Shun or Earth, Wind & Fire
On October 16, 2014, the eleven-piece band with hits four man horn section played Warmdaddy’s on S Columbus Blvd in Philadelphia. Since having, reformed, the band along with another seventies act Pockets, an R&B funk band from Baltimore, both bands appeared in the UK at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall on January 6, 2017 and then at the Luxury Soul Weekender Blackpool on January 7th 2017. The bands set the audience on fire on both nights.
“Work It Out” / “Feel Your Way” Arista AS 0404 1979
“No Limit” / “Feel Your Way” Arista AS 0424 1979
“You Know I Love You” / “Unnecessary Business” Arista AS 0457 1979
“Splashdown Time” / “Let Love In” Arista AS 0518 1980
“Say You Love Me Girl” / “Time” Arista AS 0542 1980
“Release The Beast” / “Time” Arista AS 0565 1980
Breakwater Arista AB 4208 1978 LP
Splashdown Arista AB 4264 1980 LP
Breakwater Get On Down GET-51269 2010 CD
Splashdown Get On Down GET-51268 2010 CD
Breakwater / Splashdown Expansion EXP2CD 49 2016 CD Compilation