Accentuate the Positive

Accentuate the Positive

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by Al Jarreau
     
 
Al Jarreau has always had considerable jazz chops, but he hasn’t always been given the chance to strut his swinging stuff. With Accentuate the Positive he gets to shine as a jazz singer. Let loose on both Great American Songbook standards (“The Nearness of You,” “My Foolish Heart”) and jazz classics (“Midnight Sun,” “Groovin’ High,” “Waltz for Debby”), Jarreau

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Al Jarreau has always had considerable jazz chops, but he hasn’t always been given the chance to strut his swinging stuff. With Accentuate the Positive he gets to shine as a jazz singer. Let loose on both Great American Songbook standards (“The Nearness of You,” “My Foolish Heart”) and jazz classics (“Midnight Sun,” “Groovin’ High,” “Waltz for Debby”), Jarreau proves that he’s still got what it takes to bend and shape a song with rhythmic glee yet still radiate expressive joy and exuberance. Jarreau doesn’t take any chances with his support team; he's surrounded by some of the best jazz players on the contemporary scene, including bassist Christian McBride, drummer Peter Erskine, and guitarist Anthony Wilson (each of whom can also be heard in prime form on Diana Krall’s Girl in the Other Room). The resulting project has the potential to gain the still-evolving veteran vocalist a whole new audience, one that hears him as a focused and fluent jazzman rather than a middle-of-the-road pop star.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Although centered around songs from the 1940s, Al Jarreau's Accentuate the Positive is another stellar modern jazz album that continues the winning streak he began with his 2000 comeback, Tomorrow Today. Similar to his previous effort, the R&B-infused All I Got, the album features classy production from Tommy LiPuma and a natty cast of backing musicians, including bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Anthony Wilson, among others. Centered around Jarreau's still limber and evocative vocals, Accentuate moves from uptempo bluesy numbers like Eddie Henderson's "Cold Duck" to lush ballads, including "My Foolish Heart" and reworked standards, most notably "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," turned here into a funky and expansive toe-tapper. This is a solid, poignant, and straight-ahead album that showcases Jarreau's unique gift in the best light possible and should appeal to longtime fans and contemporary jazz listeners alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602498612750
catalogNumber:
000163402
Rank:
248648

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jarreau   Primary Artist,Vocals
Larry Williams   Keyboards
Peter Erskine   Drums
Larry Goldings   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Larry Willis   Keyboards
Luis Conte   Percussion
Russell Ferrante   Piano
Christian McBride   Bass
Tollak Ollestad   Harmonica
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
David Carpenter   Bass
Mark Simmons   Drums
Larry E. Williams   Keyboards
Keith Anderson   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Don Grolnick   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Freddie Ravel   Composer
Larry Willis   Arranger
Gene Lees   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Russell Ferrante   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Bill Darlington   Executive Producer
Don George   Composer
Larry E. Williams   Arranger
Pauline Terry   Groomer

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Accentuate the Positive 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al Jarreau has released an excellent classical Jazz album! The songs will surely touch your soul and will free your mind from the rush of mad life. Absolutely true and honest sound is like a ray of pure light!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the set list to the arrangements to his impeccable vocals that just get better and better with the years, everything about this CD is simply outstanding.