All I Got

All I Got

by Al Jarreau
     
 

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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 expansiveSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0731458977728
catalogNumber:
589777

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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   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   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   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

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
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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