Accentuate the Positive

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498612750
  • Catalog Number: 000163402
  • Sales rank: 99,576

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al 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
Al 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
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Bill Darlington Executive Producer
Don George Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Larry E. Williams Arranger
Pauline Terry Groomer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Al's New CD is a Brand New Classic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That's something new!!!

    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!

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