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For "Tenderness," singer Al Jarreau combined the best aspects of the studio and a live setting. He invited not only an allstar band but also a small audience of fans and friends into an L.A. studio. The result is the best possible environment for an Al Jarreau album. He responds with the fluid, ornamental vocal lines he's famous for. He does a fine job with the snaking rhythms of Jorge Ben's standard "Més que mada" and with the sentimental hook of Goffin & King's "Go Away Little Girl." Jarreau still can't resist the temptation to sing three notes where one will do; this is especially obvious on his overly cluttered duet with opera diva Kathleen Battle on Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things." --Geoffrey Himes

1. Mas Que Nada
2. Try A Little Tenderness
3. Your Song
4. My Favorite Things
5. She's Leaving Home
6. Summertime
7. We Got By
8. Save Your Love For Me
9. You Don't See Me
10. Wait For The Magic
11. Dinosaur
12. Go Away Little Girl (Boy)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: May 24, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002MMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on March 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's always nice to listen to a recording from Al Jarreau with his team of creative musicians pulling together their best efforts to make a dozen of performances truly stand out and have a tremendous impact to the ears of the listeners. This is especially true with this remarkable album released in 1994, "Tenderness." All the tracks were recorded in a live setting at Los Angeles studio, with the exception of "My Favorite Things," which was recorded in New York City. This is one of my absolute favorites from my music collection and my second Al Jarreau recording after Breakin' Away. I love its well-chosen material filled with some of the best songs ever written, to name a few, "My Favorite Things," a duet featuring Kathleen Battle who does a Julie Andrews-esque performance, "Try A Little Tenderness," "Summertime," "Your Song," "Wait For The Magic" and "Mas Que Nada."

Thanks to the combined talents of Al Jarreau (vocals), David Sanborn (alto sax), Joe Sample (piano), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Steve Gadd (drums), Eric Gale (guitar), Paulinho da Costa (percussion), Marcus Miller (producer/keyboard/arranger) and many others involved in this project for making it as one of the best jazz albums ever recorded. Mr. Jarreau, a multi-Grammy awardee who possesses a unique and one of the most recognizable voices in the history of vocal jazz, interprets the material with such "tenderness," dedication, love and respect to the songwriters' art. His remarkable deliveries are some of the best ever interpretations for these timeless songs. One of my top favorites is a popular song by Elton John, "Your Song," which he co-wrote with Bernie Taupin.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allan Cavalcanti on October 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Al jarreau does not sing the songs. He interpretes and fells them. As a brazilian, I feel he's done a great job singing "Mas que nada" in perfect Portuguese (!), swinging like a native born and grown brazilian guy. It is an indispensable CD if you want to listen to good music, relax and fell the atmosphere. Please, don't forget to dim out the lights...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Smith on August 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This live album showcases Jarreau's versatility as a jazz and pop vocalist, including a heart-melting rendition of his ballad "We Got By" and a beautiful performance of "My Favorite Things" featuring soprano Kathleen Battle. He takes on a number of Broadway and jazz standards here, including "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess" and a sprightly, energized version of "Mas Que Nada". Jarreau fans need this album in their collections; for everyone else, it's a good way to hear a master of vocalese at work in the raw.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "kiwimuzo" on May 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In 'You Don't See Me' he's a fully-fledged percussion section; in 'Summertime' he's both sweet and violent; in 'Your Song' he's sincere; in 'Try a Little Tenderness' he's soooo sensual; in 'My Favourite Things' he's the strawberry to Kathleen Battle's champagne... is there nothing Al Jarreau can't do? This is one amazing album - a wonderful collection of some of the best tunes from a generation, carefully crafted into completely new artforms. And he sure knows how to pick his collaborators - Marcus Miller and Co make for a stunning line-up of muzos, and there's not a note out of place.
A warm, inviting album that will surprise you with every new playing. This is essential listening!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doggy82 on April 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
What can i say:
Al Jarreau
Steve Gadd
Marcus Miller
David Sanborn
I love this album - i really really love it.
Music in perfection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "lordofthelowfrequencies" on September 22, 2000
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Joe Sample, Marcus Miller, Kathleen Battle, Steve Gadd, Paulinho da Costa, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn... this Al Jarreau guy knows who are the best players ! As a musician, I'm thrilled by the quality of this live recording (actually it sounds more like a public private-session). The sound is perfect ! For me each note from this album is a jewel... dream rythm section (Gadd, Miller, Sample, Da Costa), unique vocals (Jarreau, Battle), awsome brass section (Stewart, Brecker, Sanborn) and more! If I have to leave for a desert island with a CD player and 5 CDs, this one will be in the top 5... and I am a musician... I'm picky ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alvin A. Perkins on June 5, 2003
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Not a well publicised CD but if you like Al Jarreau-old skool, you must get this one. I think this is one of his best, if not THE BEST CD Al has made. It is vintage Al Jarreau, with all of my old favorites. I cannot get enough of this one. Highly recommend it if you like the Al Jarreau of yester-year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle A. Alsberry on February 29, 2008
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I've owned this Cd since it's release, And just today viewed the Laser Disc of this performence. It is Al at his old school best!! Better than the Cd because you get to see him and the the band explode with tight licks and vocal gymnastics that IS Al Jarreau. Only the best songs were featured and after watching it,You see what a wonderful job Marcus Miller did in pushing MR Jarreau and the band into recording this classic.

If you what to see the master at work without all the frills of a live concert,Perched in an intimate setting of an recording session while he sings his heart out in front of a few lucky guest and friends. This is a must have for any Fan of Al Jarreau. Marcus Miller,Steve Gadd, Eric Gale,Joe Sample, David Sanbourn and the rest of the crew light up the studio as well. Watching this show will make you appreciate the Cd even more. [...]
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