Best of Al Jarreau [Warner Bros.]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This is one intelligently programmed greatest-hits album, for after leading with two fine, new 1996 tracks, "Compared to What" and "Goodhands Tonight," the CD actually becomes a cogent chronological account of Jarreau's 20 years with the label -- and a most revealing one at that. Early Latin-flavored tracks from the mid-'70s, like "Agua de Beber," "Take Five," and "Spain," reveal a unique jazz voice with extraordinary rhythmic flexibility and an angular, scattershot, unpredictable approach to a tune that must have been as startling to audiences as Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were when they broke through. With "Never Givin' Up" and "Roof Garden," the transition away ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This is one intelligently programmed greatest-hits album, for after leading with two fine, new 1996 tracks, "Compared to What" and "Goodhands Tonight," the CD actually becomes a cogent chronological account of Jarreau's 20 years with the label -- and a most revealing one at that. Early Latin-flavored tracks from the mid-'70s, like "Agua de Beber," "Take Five," and "Spain," reveal a unique jazz voice with extraordinary rhythmic flexibility and an angular, scattershot, unpredictable approach to a tune that must have been as startling to audiences as Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were when they broke through. With "Never Givin' Up" and "Roof Garden," the transition away from jazz begins. By the time we reach the feel-good hit "Mornin'," the productions have become more intricate, polished, and comfortable, suitable either for dancing or making out, with little room for the old vocal spontaneity. And things go downhill from there. Curiously, one of Jarreau's best crossover albums, L Is for Lover, is ignored, but guest appearances on Bob James/David Sanborn's Double Vision "Since I Fell for You" and Symphonic Bossa a surprisingly lethargic "Like a Lover", plus the saccharine theme from Moonlighting, are included. Jazz listeners who feel that Jarreau's talents had been gradually eroded by avarice in the record industry can present this program as Exhibit A, but at the same time, it serves as a good introduction for the newcomer and a fine refresher course for the faithful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1996
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624645443
  • Catalog Number: 46454

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Compared to What (5:21)
  2. 2 Goodhands Tonight (6:15)
  3. 3 Agua de Beber (3:55)
  4. 4 Take Five (3:30)
  5. 5 Spain (I Can Recall) (6:34)
  6. 6 Never Givin' Up (3:57)
  7. 7 Roof Garden (6:16)
  8. 8 We're in This Love Together (3:45)
  9. 9 Mornin' (4:14)
  10. 10 Boogie Down (4:02)
  11. 11 Moonlighting (3:01)
  12. 12 Since I Fell for You (3:51)
  13. 13 After All (4:18)
  14. 14 So Good (4:13)
  15. 15 Heaven and Earth (4:25)
  16. 16 Like a Lover (6:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jarreau Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Vocal Percussion
Larry Carlton Guitar
George Duke Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer Overdubs
Victor Feldman Percussion
Bob James Synthesizer, Keyboards
Greg Mathieson Piano, Synthesizer Strings
David Sanborn Saxophone
David Foster Synthesizer, Piano
Lynn Blessing Vibes
Bill Champlin Background Vocals
John Chiodini Acoustic Guitar
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals
Michael Baird Drums
Louis Biancaniello Synthesizer, Keyboards
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer
Erich Bulling DX-7
Jorge Calandrelli Synthesizer, Keyboards
Tom Canning Keyboards, Electric Piano
Dave Carpenter Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Carl Carwell Background Vocals
Oscar Castro-Neves Gut String Guitar
Kevin Chokan Guitar
Joe Correro Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Lynn Davis Background Vocals
Wilton Felder Bass
Russell Ferrante Keyboards
Lynn Fiddmont Background Vocals
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Steve Forman Percussion
Ray Fuller Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Venette Gloud Background Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jay Graydon Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Everette Harp Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ralph Humphrey Drums
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Josie James Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Tony Lindsay Background Vocals
Steve Lukather Electric Guitar
Lew McCreary Trombone
Marcus Miller Bass
Lori Perry Background Vocals
Michael Omartian Synthesizer
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Richard Page Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Lon Price Alto Saxophone
Carlos Vega Drums
Fred Washington Bass
Fender Rhodes Synthesizer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Mike Shapiro Percussion, Drums
Reggie C. Young Trombone
Rebecca West Background Vocals
Howard Smith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joaquín Rodrigo Composer
Al Jarreau Arranger, Lyricist, rhythm arrangement
Dori Caymmi Composer
George Duke Lyricist, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Bob James Programming, Contributor, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger, String Arrangements
David Foster Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Nile Rodgers Producer
Ettore Stratta Producer, Executive Producer
Louis Biancaniello Programming, Producer
Robbie Buchanan Arranger
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Tom Canning rhythm arrangement
Brian Gardner Mastering
Jay Graydon Songwriter, Arranger, Programming, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Wayne Holmes Engineer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer, rhythm arrangement, Drum Arrangements
Michael Omartian rhythm arrangement
Erik Zobler Producer, Engineer
Al Schmidt Producer
Wolfgang Mohr Executive Producer
Linda Cobb Stalker Art Direction
Lyn Bradley Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quintisential Al Jarreau

    If you are even remotely an Al Jarreau fan, you'll love this compilation. Al Jarreau shows his vocal talents, not surpassed by too many.One of the best jazz vocalists today. Don't pass this one up!

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