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Tomorrow Today

Al Jarreau

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Album Review

After leaving Warner Bros. in the mid-'90s, the legendary singer (and only one to win Grammys in pop, R&B, and jazz) kept busy enough with his endless concert globetrotting and occasional symphony gig to wait until the right new situation came along. Signing with GRP meant reuniting with label chairman Tommy LiPuma, who produced his first album in 1975 and has known Jarreau's unique multi-genre vision for over a quarter century. That combination sounds as fresh now as it always has. Working with top soulful smooth-jazz producer Paul Brown (best known for his association with saxman Boney James, who appears here) helps the singer bring out his adult contemporary best. Depending on the track, he modulates his voice from soft and airy — as on the coolly romantic "Just to Be Loved" and the dreamy "another chance" tune "Let Me Love You" — to crazily percussive a la Bobby McFerrin on the irrepressible a cappella closer "Puddit (Put It in Your Pocket)," co-written with Joe Sample. The best part of Jarreau is his joyous unpredictability. He draws us into a thick funk jam like "In My Music" (featuring a chunky guitar solo by former Rufus member Tony Maiden), then drenches himself with a spicy Latin horn splashes on the wacky title track. That song, co-written with keyboardist Freddie Ravel, begins with a tongue-in-cheek Jarreau approximating Ricky Ricardo, then switching off between his unique vocal percussion and a softer tone. The tune can be enjoyed as both a danceable Latin jam or as a social statement wondering about "tomorrow's child today." On the more spiritual side, one of the most beautiful tracks is the anthem like "God's Gift to the World," a duet with Vanessa Williams. Whether it's yesterday, today, or tomorrow, Al Jarreau never fails to keep listeners on their toes.

Customer Reviews

A Rare Talent

I grew up listiening to Al Jarreau; my mom drove me to school many mornings with his music playing in the car. He is a rare talent. There are just not many artists with his talent & zest. His music always conveys his passion; you can hear that he really loves what he is doing. Each album he puts out is better than the one before. You will enjoy this one.

Today Tomorrow

What an inspired performer. Al never lets me down. His voice is truly a fine instrument that blends jazz, R & B, and his amazing vocal range. Bravo Al, you've done it again. Brilliant!

WHERE IS THE MUSIC OF GOODBYE (DUET)???

I keep waiting for ITUNES to add THE MUSIC OF GOODBYE, the duet with Melissa Manchester from OUT OF AFRICA. Have made numerous requests...all ignored.

Biography

Born: March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively), Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 12, 1940. The son of a vicar, he earned his first performing experience singing in the church choir. After receiving his master's degree in psychology, Jarreau pursued a career as a social worker, but eventually...
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