L Is for Lover

L Is for Lover

by Al Jarreau

Overview

While Al Jarreau's jazz following probably ignored this 1986 studio release in droves, they missed a gem, a perhaps surprisingly scintillating collaboration with one of the leading dance-music producer/guitarists of the time, Nile Rodgers (late of Chic). Not only did Rodgers and Jarreau assemble some strong tunes from many sources, Rodgers took advantage of Jarreau's rhythmic capabilities, for some of the material is too deliciously complicated for any old R&B soulster to pull off. Hear the way Jarreau brilliantly threads his way through the rhythmically complex hornet's nest of "Says" in English and French, or savor the sheer ecstatic energy of the chorus of "Pleasure" and the rapid-fire list of cities in the title track; this is first-class pop recordmaking. While the quality of material tails off in the second half of the program, the great tracks early on mark the aesthetic peak of Jarreau's R&B output of the '80s. Unfortunately, record buyers begged to differ, for other than the minor R&B hit single status of the title track, this album could not reverse AJ's sales slide.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992547727
catalogNumber: 25477

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jarreau   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocoder
Hiram Bullock   Guitar
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vocoder,keyboard bass
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
Terri Gonzalez   Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Robert Arron   Reeds
Jimmy Bralower   Percussion,Drums
Michelle Cobbs   Background Vocals
Gibbs   Percussion
Steve Ferrone   Cymbals,Drums,Hi Hat
Diane Garisto   Background Vocals
Mac Gollehon   Brass
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Kevin Jones   Synclavier
Brenda King   Background Vocals
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Philippe Saisse   Piano,Keyboards,keyboard bass,Synclavier Horns
Peter Scherer   Keyboards,keyboard bass
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nile Rodgers   Producer
Scott Ansell   Engineer
Tom Durack   Engineer
James Farber   Engineer
Jay Graydon   Songwriter
Budd Tunick   Producer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Michael Hodgson   Art Direction

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