by Al Jarreau


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Having broken through into the pop Top Ten albums with producer Jay Graydon and Breakin' Away, Jarreau had found his commercial groove, and it was potent enough to sustain him at least through the eponymously titled follow-up album. Again, strong, often self-co-composed material, and catchy, radio-friendly arrangements with lots of synthesizers would be the strong suit of this album, front-loaded by two large-scale R&B hits, the cheery "Mornin'" and the footstomping "Boogie Down," that would be part of his concert repertoire forever more ("Save Me" is also in their league). The backing comes from a coterie of L.A. pros who kick in more energy than what one would normally expect; it must be the material that fired 'em up. In other words, this is a really good R&B album, almost a great one, with the one caveat being that Jarreau's unique vocal abilities aren't remotely challenged; this could conceivably have been cut by almost any skilled R&B singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2009
Label: Friday Music
UPC: 0829421113126
catalogNumber: 1131
Rank: 254729

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jarreau   Primary Artist
Victor Feldman   Musician
Bill Champlin   Musician
Steve Gadd   Musician
Michael Omartian   Musician
Richard Page   Musician
Jeff Porcaro   Musician
Steve Porcaro   Musician

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Composer
Greg Mathieson   Composer
Tom Canning   Composer
John Lang   Composer
Michael Omartian   Composer
Richard Page   Composer
Trevor Veitch   Composer
Christine Sauers   Art Direction
Joe Reagoso   Reissue Producer

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Jarreau [Bonus Track] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for the right album to jump-start a party, to stay alert on a long road trip or to just create a feel-good mood, it's hard to go wrong with this longtime favorite of mine. Jarreau has certainly written and performed more artistically satisfying material but if you want to enjoy this fine artist in the context of good clean fun, this album is a great choice.