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Vocal legend Al Jarreau reunites with producing great Tommy LiPuma for his first jazz-oriented record in 27 years, singing American song standards & jazz classics in elegant small-group settings. The result is a revelation, a landmark recording that brings the listener right into the heart of Al Jarreau's incandescent vocal art.
Al Jarreau's style bridges Jon Hendricks's vocalese and Bobby McFerrin's incredible flights of fancy. This CD, with Diana Krall's rhythm section--guitarist Anthony Wilson, drummer Peter Erskine, and bassist Christian McBride--should please fans of albums like Jarreau's phenomenal 1977 live LP, Look to the Rainbow. Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light" is illuminated by Larry Goldings's down-home Hammond organ, while Lionel Hampton's "Midnight Sun" bops with hip-hop-friendly rim shots. Jarreau's tenor tones curve with saxophonic dexterity and pulse with percussive precision, especially on Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High," where he slyly drops in a few words from the old show tune, "Whispering." --Eugene Holley, Jr.
This musical production has 11 excellent compositions where at Al Jarreau gives free rein to their vocal imaginations and gives us this singular way of singing that just him... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Manuel Carranza C
Worth every penny for jazz lovers/ Al Jarreau lovers. Some great jazz tunes, great arrangements. Sooo beautiful. Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by CXC
Such a great talent when it comes to melody, married to harmony and rhythm, Jarreau usually choses to stick to the corny arrangements and lazy rhythms, even when performing songs... Read morePublished on April 7, 2007 by Nikica Gilic
It seems that all the energy, the "music stamina" Al Jarreau had, is definitely gone. I waited until I could read all the comments on this album, then bought it. Wasted money! Read morePublished on November 14, 2006 by ARMANDO R. VENEGAS
"Tons and tons of thanks to Susan and Ryan, my wife and son, co-captains of the `A-Team' and both sharing the MVP Award (Congratulations, Mr. Read morePublished on June 24, 2006 by Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue*
This Ripon College graduate never fails to come up with quality CD's. "Accentuate the Positive" is a treat from a musician who is still growing in many ways.Published on January 21, 2006 by J. McAndrew
I heard the cuts from this album on an XM Live Broadcast. I immediately picked up the albumn and was thrilled to hear wood...(acoustic instruments, piano, bass, drums)... Read morePublished on July 6, 2005 by Michael A. Pancier