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4.6 out of 5
49 Ratings
49 Ratings

A Modern Jazz classic finally arrives on iTunes!

drdamage

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 it....it 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.

It Been A Long Time Coming

bull1221

I purchase " BREAKING AWAY" about a month ago, which is my favorite Al Jarreau album of all time . My next one is " JARREAU". I was disappointed that I-Tunes did not have it at that time. Now I am so happy that they have this album available. Thanks I-Tunes you have made my day!!!!!! I use to have both of these albums when I was in my last year of High School!!!!

Jarreau

rbowen5

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.

About Al Jarreau

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.

He recorded an LP in the mid-'60s, but largely remained an unknown, not reentering the studio for another decade. Upon signing to Reprise, Jarreau resurfaced in 1975 with We Got By, earning acclaim for his sophisticated brand of vocalese and winning positive comparison to the likes of Billy Eckstine and Johnny Mathis. After 1976's Glow, Jarreau issued the following year's Look to the Rainbow, a two-disc live set that reached the Top 50 on the U.S. album charts. With 1981's Breakin' Away, he entered the Top Ten, scoring a pair of hits with "We're in This Love Together" and the title track. After recording 1986's L Is for Lover with producer Nile Rodgers, Jarreau scored a hit with the theme to the popular television program Moonlighting, but his mainstream pop success was on the wane, and subsequent efforts like 1992's Heaven and Earth and 1994's Tenderness found greater success with adult contemporary audiences.

A string of budget compilations and original albums hit the shelves at the end of the decade, but into the turn of the century his original output slowed down. That was until he signed with the Verve/GRP label in 1998 and reunited with producer Tommy LiPuma. LiPuma had produced Jarreau's ostensible 1975 debut, We Got By, and the pairing seemed to reinvigorate Jarreau, who went on to release three stellar albums under LiPuma's guidance, including 2000's Tomorrow Today, 2002's All I Got, and 2004's Accentuate the Positive. Givin' It Up, recorded with George Benson and released in 2006, was nominated for three Grammy Awards -- each one for a different song. Jarreau returned with his first ever full-length holiday-themed album, Christmas, in 2008. Four years later he offered a live recording, Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest: Live, performing alongside the Dutch ensemble.

A frequent live performer into his seventies, Jarreau was hospitalized in 2010 and forced to cancel concert dates, but he resumed touring after leaving the hospital, and indicated that reports about possible health problems had been exaggerated. In February 2017 an announcement was posted on Jarreau's website stating that the singer had been hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles; that he was canceling upcoming scheduled tour dates; and, in fact, that he would be retiring entirely from touring in the future. He died in the morning of February 12 at age 76, mere hours before the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was to begin. ~ Jason Ankeny

HOMETOWN
Milwaukee, WI
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
March 12, 1940

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