All I Got

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Vocalist Al Jarreau’s career has followed the money trail, taking him from jazz to pop, R&B, and adult-contemporary audiences. But his singing is so true and his style so classy that he excels at everything and has taken home Grammys in the first three of those categories. On All I Got,Jarreau comes up with a set of gentle tunes that sound as easy and expansive as if several generations of a family were casually gathered for a singing session. “Life Is” begins with the rootsy feel of Oscar Brown Jr., then flowers into today's sounds with layers of vocals and a loud, solid beat. “Random Act of Love” is a smooth-jazz anthem, the touchy-feely lyrics grounded by ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Vocalist Al Jarreau’s career has followed the money trail, taking him from jazz to pop, R&B, and adult-contemporary audiences. But his singing is so true and his style so classy that he excels at everything and has taken home Grammys in the first three of those categories. On All I Got,Jarreau comes up with a set of gentle tunes that sound as easy and expansive as if several generations of a family were casually gathered for a singing session. “Life Is” begins with the rootsy feel of Oscar Brown Jr., then flowers into today's sounds with layers of vocals and a loud, solid beat. “Random Act of Love” is a smooth-jazz anthem, the touchy-feely lyrics grounded by Jarreau’s gospel roots. Plucked strings, programmed beats, and a bed of voices give way for Jarreau’s interpretation of the Seal tune “Feels like Heaven to Me.” For a ‘60s flashback, Brit rocker Joe Cocker shares vocals with Jarreau on “Lost and Found.” The ballad of the outing, “Oasis,” a Jarreau original, isn’t about love but about the ephemeral things in life. The lyrics are lovely and poetic, and Jarreau delivers them with his high-pitched voice soaring as if it too were reaching for that heavenly spot that is never quite attainable. For old-school fans, Jarreau ends with a hipster version of “Route 66.” All I Got is just that, a sampling of the many sides and sounds of Al Jarreau’s talents.
All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Al Jarreau hits you with all he's got on his second release for the GRP/Verve recording label. The 11-song program, appropriately titled All I Got, features Jarreau's imaginative vocal stylings, lots of innovative urban sensibilities, and top-tier performances from a stellar band that includes his longtime musical director, Freddie Ravel, and a duet with guest star Joe Cocker. Urban innovation is more than a buzzword here. The urban sound of producer Paul Brown imparts a soulful message on such songs as "Random Act of Love,""Secrets of Love," the title track, and the very hip a cappella rendition of "Route 66," each of which reflects Jarreau's pioneered use of unfolding a musical story layer by layer. A prime example is his reverse take on street violence called "Random Act of Love," something this world desperately needs. Instead of just another range of excessive scatting and vocal gymnastics, Jarreau presents his listeners with real-world concepts that make a difference in your interpretations of these aural pleasures. He becomes a vehicle of revelation on the gospel-tinged "Feels Like Heaven to Me." On the other side of his musical personality is the lovely fullness of "Until You Love Me" and "Jacaranda Bougainvillea," both of which feature a string orchestra set against an oasis of vocal skills. Overall, All I Got showcases the award-winning Jarreau's unmistakable stylistic diversity in settings that are fluid, soulful, jazzy, and romantic. In some ways, the music even exceeds the versatility heard on the critically acclaimed Tomorrow Today.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 731458977728
  • Catalog Number: 589777
  • Sales rank: 132,908

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Random Act of Love (4:43)
  2. 2 Life Is (4:00)
  3. 3 Never Too Late (4:04)
  4. 4 Feels Like Heaven (4:38)
  5. 5 Lost and Found - Joe Cocker (4:52)
  6. 6 Secrets of Love (4:37)
  7. 7 All I Got (5:30)
  8. 8 Until You Love Me (4:40)
  9. 9 Oasis (6:19)
  10. 10 Jacaranda Bougainvillea (4:46)
  11. 11 Route 66 (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jarreau Primary Artist, Vocals
Joe Cocker Vocals, Guest Appearance
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Robbie Nevil Guitar, Keyboards
Ricky Peterson Keyboards
Freddie Ravel Keyboards
David Torkanowsky Keyboards
Jeff Lorber Keyboards
Chris Walker Bass, Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov Strings, Concert Master
Richard Todd French Horn
Charlie Bisharat Strings
Trina Broussard Background Vocals
Denyse Buffum Strings
Darius Campo Strings
Tom Canning Keyboards
Jon Clarke Oboe
Larry Corbett Strings
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Steve Dubin Drums
Berj Garabedian Strings
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Peter Kent Strings
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Larry Kimpel Bass
Arno Lucas Percussion, Background Vocals
Tony Maiden Guitar
Wendy Moten Background Vocals
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Manuel Seal Jr. Keyboards
Haim Shtrum Strings
David Stenske Strings
Joe Turano Keyboards, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Roberto Vally Bass
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Kirk Whalum Saxophone
Michael White Drums
Evan Wilson Strings
John Wittenberg Strings
Margaret Wooten Strings
Ross Bolton Guitar
Susan Chatman Strings
Suzie Katayama Strings
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
John Stoddart Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont Background Vocals
Kurt Lykes Background Vocals
Eve Butler Strings
Nathan Campbell French Horn
Ryan Jarreau Background Vocals
Dan Smith Strings
Teddy Campbell Drums
Larry Williams Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone
Nelson Jackson Keyboards
Steve Richards Strings
Michele Richards Strings
Matthew Funes Strings
Technical Credits
Al Jarreau Arranger
Bill Meyers Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Ricky Peterson Arranger
Freddie Ravel Arranger
Paul Brown Producer
D.C. Programming, Digital Editing
Steve Dubin Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Jerry Hey Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
David Rideau Engineer
Rex Rideout Arranger, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Al Schmitt Engineer
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Hollis King Art Direction
Bill Darlington Executive Producer
Pauline Terry grooming
Al's Band Arranger
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