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Givin' It Up finds crossover jazz icons guitarist George Benson and vocalist Al Jarreau teaming up for a breezy, enjoyably melodic session that highlights both artists' long careers. Technically a duo album, it is Benson's first since signing with Concord Records. As such, it works as a nice reintroduction to both artists and even finds them reworking the Bobby Womack classic "Breezin'," which Benson originally covered on his 1976 album of the same name. Here listeners get Jarreau adding lyrics and vocals on a version that really evokes the classic '70s jazz-meets-R&B sound that was an original hallmark of smooth jazz. In that sense, Givin' It Up is a true joy for fans of that more organic, song-oriented approach to crossover music, with Benson and Jarreau digging in to such great songs as Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze," John Legend's "Ordinary People," and Darryl Hall's "Every Time You Go Away." Also adding some unexpected fun and celebrity sheen to the proceedings is an impromptu appearance by Paul McCartney, who joins in on Sam Cooke's gospel-inflected "Bring It on Home to Me." Throw in appearances by trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Patti Austin, pianist Herbie Hancock, and bassist Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke, and Givin' It Up proves music is always fun with a little help from your friends.

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Super combination

This album is an inspiration; a vision of creativity; and, a demonstration of how two of the world's most talented artists can create unimaginable beauty by sharing those talents. I love it!!!!!!

Two Master Chefs (Delicious Recipe)!!

This is the way it should be done, leaving space for each other, no echo clashing at all, just having lots of fun in the studio with the right songs, musicians and producing staff. The Isley Brothers classic Summer Breeze is definitely among my favorites.

Zeer fraai

Te gekke super muzikale fusie tussen 2 levende legendes! Zeer ontspannend om met je schatje onder het genot van een glaasje wijn deze muziek te ervaren! Echt een aanrader.

Biografie

Geboren: 12 maart 1940 op Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Jazz

Jaren actief: '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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