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Givin' It Up

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Givin' It Up finds crossover jazz icons guitarist George Benson and vocalist Al Jarreau teaming up for a breezy, enjoyably melodic session that highlights both artists' long careers. Technically a duo album, it is Benson's first since signing with Concord Records. As such, it works as a nice reintroduction to both artists and even finds them reworking the Bobby Womack classic "Breezin'," which Benson originally covered on his 1976 album of the same name. Here listeners get Jarreau adding lyrics and vocals on a version that really evokes the classic '70s jazz-meets-R&B sound that was an original hallmark of smooth jazz. In that sense, Givin' It Up is a true joy for fans ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Givin' It Up finds crossover jazz icons guitarist George Benson and vocalist Al Jarreau teaming up for a breezy, enjoyably melodic session that highlights both artists' long careers. Technically a duo album, it is Benson's first since signing with Concord Records. As such, it works as a nice reintroduction to both artists and even finds them reworking the Bobby Womack classic "Breezin'," which Benson originally covered on his 1976 album of the same name. Here listeners get Jarreau adding lyrics and vocals on a version that really evokes the classic '70s jazz-meets-R&B sound that was an original hallmark of smooth jazz. In that sense, Givin' It Up is a true joy for fans of that more organic, song-oriented approach to crossover music, with Benson and Jarreau digging in to such great songs as Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze," John Legend's "Ordinary People," and Darryl Hall's "Every Time You Go Away." Also adding some unexpected fun and celebrity sheen to the proceedings is an impromptu appearance by Paul McCartney, who joins in on Sam Cooke's gospel-inflected "Bring It on Home to Me." Throw in appearances by trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Patti Austin, pianist Herbie Hancock, and bassist Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke, and Givin' It Up proves music is always fun with a little help from your friends.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072231627
  • Catalog Number: 2316
  • Sales rank: 18,397

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breezin' (5:40)
  2. 2 Mornin' (5:03)
  3. 3 'Long Come Tutu - Herbie Hancock (6:38)
  4. 4 God Bless the Child - Jill Scott (3:42)
  5. 5 Summer Breeze (5:03)
  6. 6 All I Am (3:24)
  7. 7 Ordinary People (5:19)
  8. 8 Let It Rain (4:55)
  9. 9 Givin' It Up for Love (3:58)
  10. 10 Every Time You Go Away (4:31)
  11. 11 Four (5:15)
  12. 12 Don't Start No Schtuff (4:45)
  13. 13 Bring It on Home to Me (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Al Jarreau Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Percussion
Patti Austin Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul McCartney Vocals
Patrice Rushen Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, fender rhodes
Herbie Hancock Piano
Marion Meadows Saxophone
Freddie Ravel Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Moog Bass
Mel Brown Bass
Maxi Anderson Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Chris Botti Trumpet
Stanley Clarke Bass, Bass Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Barry J. Eastmond Keyboards
Freddie Fox Guitar
A. Ray Fuller Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Electric Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Marcus Miller Bass, Bass Guitar
Michael O'Neill Rhythm Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Darlene Perry Background Vocals
Sharon Perry Background Vocals
Rex Rideout Piano
Joe Turano Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Wurlitzer
Randy Waldman Piano
Michael White Drums
Michael White Drums
Gregg Field Drums
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Valerie Pinkston Background Vocals
Lorraine Perry Background Vocals
Mike Broening Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Jill Scott Vocals
Larry E. Williams Piano, Keyboards
De'Ante Duckett Background Vocals
Alethea Mills Background Vocals
Chavonne Morris Background Vocals
Sandra Simmons Williams Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Al Jarreau Arranger, Composer
Patti Austin Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Sam Cooke Composer
Patrice Rushen Arranger
George Benson Arranger
Miles Davis Composer
Freddie Ravel Arranger, Composer, Programming, Vocal Arrangements
Kevin Lee Executive Producer
Kevin Becka Engineer
Billie Holiday Composer
John Burk Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Dash Crofts Composer
Chris Dunn Producer
Barry J. Eastmond Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Marcus Miller Arranger, Composer, Producer
Don Murray Engineer
Charles Paakkari Arranger, Engineer
Rex Rideout Arranger, Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Joe Turano Arranger, Composer
Randy Waldman Arranger
Gregg Field Producer
Jim Seals Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Mike Broening Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
will.i.am Composer
John Wroble Engineer
German Villacorta Digital Editing
Carlos "Storm" Martinez Engineer
Larry Melero Guitar Techician
Darryl Hall Composer
Seth Presant Arranger, Engineer, Digital Editing
Bill Airey Smith Arranger, Engineer, Digital Editing
Andrew Pham Art Direction
Larry E. Williams Arranger, Producer
John Legend Composer
Fred Martin & the Levite Camp Vocal Arrangements
Jeff Harris Engineer
Alex Pavlides Digital Editing
Phillip "Taj" Jackson Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Riku Camp grooming
Myron Chandler Arranger, Engineer
Travis Robertson Guitar Techician
Terence Thomas Guitar Techician
Riku Campo grooming
Kevin Lee "The Little Monster" Executive Producer
Noel Lee Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!

    After listening to the CD in the store, I knew I HAD to have it. A wonderful variety of music that is relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Having a tough day? Put this CD on and a smile will soon be seen from one ear to the other.
    For those not familiar with jazz, it's a great introduction. Love jazz? You won't be disappointed either. Great guest performers will keep this CD at the top of your favorites list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BOSSES

    I just haven't heard George in such a long time and ooohh Mr Jarreau, this an absolute. The duet with Jill Scott is awesome.

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