Double Six--when I was in college in my first year, I formed a singing group patterned along the lines of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross--and Double Six. Double Six changed my life; I listened to them instead of going to class--I think they almost sent me home! Very important music to me, I became friends with Michel Legrand--his sister sang in the group then, and Mimi Perrin--thank you Mimi! we'll all see you soon. So Double Six (EMI Columbia, 1962)--very important, lots of important people--but a special place for them. Photo Credit: William ...read more
There are very few jazz greats that make people who love this music smile in awe while witnessing their beautiful talent. Jazz is larger than life, and they all contribute to its greatness every day, whether it is from a small stage in the Village in New York, or from some old record, spinning while popping and clicking away with that undeniable charm, making the music flow. As long as jazz happens, the magnificence of it all remains flawless and pure. Singer Al Jarreau has been a part of the exquisiteness of it all for decades.The voice control, ...read more
Al Jarreau is the most successful jazz singer of his time and has enjoyed a career that spans four decades. Oddly though, Jarreau has been never been represented with a career-spanning compilation, and his fans have been patiently waiting for a comprehensive overview. They will have to keep waiting. An Excellent Adventure casts a wider net than the now out-of-print Best of Al Jarreau (Warner Brothers, 1996), but with only 16 tracks is far from definitive. There's too much good stuff missing; Since I Fell For You," with Bob James and David Sanborn, and Jarreau's duet with ...read more
For someone for whom singing has been a part of their life since childhood and who comes from a church-going family, it's a natural thing each year to periodically croon the popular and traditional melodies of the Christmas holiday season. If that person is a professional--perhaps, one who's been singing for decades and has seven Grammys to his credit--it may seem a bit unnatural that he hasn't yet covered the holiday classics on an album.
That's precisely been the case for Al Jarreau, the jazzy soul singer, the soulful jazz singer, the vocal craftsman who has ...read more
Pieces Of A Dream, Al Jarreau Central Park in Huntington Beach, California September 11, 2004
A quaint little park area behind the Central Library in Huntington Beach (CA) served as the backdrop for a daylong smooth jazz concert that featured Christine Day, Kevin Toney, Andre Delano, Richard Smith, Brian Bromberg, Pieces Of A Dream and Al Jarreau. L.A. was in the middle of a heat wave, but the park's ample shade trees and Pacific Ocean proximity guaranteed a pleasant weekend outing for the large crowd of faithful Southland jazz fans.
Pieces ...read more
Smooth pop/jazz vocalists Al Jarreau hasn't released a new record in over six years and hasn't really had a big hit since 1981's Breakin' Away (Warner Bros.). Nevertheless, his voice remains as strong, quirky and flexible as ever, even if he long ago abandoned his jazz beginnings. Unfortunately, Jarreau's song choices now lean towards slick R&B, soft and airy ballads and contemporary pop.Pity. He makes a rather unconvincing attempt at sounding funky on In My Music" and then looks to cash in on the current Latin craze with the title track. Neither effort works. God's Gift To The ...read more