Givin' It Up
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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.
Benson and Jarreau make everything on this compilation easy to listen to and enjoy. A must have staple in your music collection! Check out Breezin' and Mornin'....nice!
2 giants of contemporary jazz together, what could be better???
Two of my favorite contemporary jazz artists collaborating on a project... ahhhh.... just what the smooth jazz universe desperately needed! I think the songs were well selected; however, I can't imagine the vast material that could have been culled to make for even more memorable selections from this dynamic duo. I like it just the same.... Hopefully they'll be touring together to promote this project and can be seen live at a venue near me soon! Long live great music and the musicians that make it! Kudos Mr. Benson and Jarreau.....
Nothing Less Than The Best!
When you hear the names George Benson and Al Jarreau,you think of nothing less than the best in jazz, and they bring it on this collaboration.One of the best jazz cds out this year,and with the duets with Jill Scott and Pattie Austin('God Bless The Child','Let It Rain')it's icing on the cake!
Born: March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, WI
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs By Al Jarreau
||Mornin'||Jarreau||4:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||We're In This Love Together||The Very Best of: An Excellent Adventure||3:46||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Mornin'||Givin' It Up||5:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||After All||Love Songs||4:21||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Moonlighting (Theme)||The Very Best of: An Excellent Adventure||3:03||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Breezin'||Givin' It Up||5:39||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Just to Be Loved||Tomorrow Today||4:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Boogie Down||Jarreau||4:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||After All||The Very Best of: An Excellent Adventure||4:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Will Be Here for You (Nitakungodea Milele)||Jarreau||4:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|