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Album Review

Having broken through into the pop Top Ten albums with producer Jay Graydon and Breakin' Away, Jarreau had found his commercial groove, and it was potent enough to sustain him at least through the eponymously titled follow-up album. Again, strong, often self-co-composed material, and catchy, radio-friendly arrangements with lots of synthesizers would be the strong suit of this album, front-loaded by two large-scale R&B hits, the cheery "Mornin'" and the footstomping "Boogie Down," that would be part of his concert repertoire forever more ("Save Me" is also in their league). The backing comes from a coterie of L.A. pros who kick in more energy than what one would normally expect; it must be the material that fired 'em up. In other words, this is a really good R&B album, almost a great one, with the one caveat being that Jarreau's unique vocal abilities aren't remotely challenged; this could conceivably have been cut by almost any skilled R&B singer. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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A Modern Jazz classic finally arrives on iTunes!

This is an album that I have long missed since hearing it and wearing out my cassette in the '80s. Al Jarreau finds the sweet spot between jazz exploration and pop structure. Many will hear the song "Mornin'" and suddenly feel taken back to a day that was a happier one. The song lifts every heavy heart and lightly carries one into a soft breezy sunny day of the mind. For the longest time I have been waiting for this to appear on iTunes, finally giving in and finding a CD at a second hand store. Wouldn't luck have now appears the same day on iTunes! A classic lost to the commerce of selective CD pressing, iTunes gives all of us a chance to hear Mr. Jarreau's shining moments of a long and bright career all over again.


Thanks to I Tunes for finally expanding the Jarreau library. Can't go wrong with any of Al's works, especially in the 80's. This one, Heart's Horizon, High Crime, and L is for Lovers. The newer additions to the I tunes fold. Thanks again. Enjoy.

A Jazz/Pop Masterpiece

His peak. Fabulous performances. Exceptionally good songs. Perfect production. If you do not instantly find yourself in a better place after listening to "Mornin'", then you have a heart of stone. From the lush arrangements of "Nitakungodea Milele" to the synth-funk of "Boogie Down" to the heartbreakingly gorgeous "Not Like This", this album is a masterwork. He had a few others that were close, but nothing that ever matched "Jarreau" for sheer brilliance. Thank you, Al.


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 he decided to relocate to Los Angeles and try his hand in show business, playing small clubs throughout the West Coast....
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