by Al Jarreau



Rather than do a strictly studio or strictly live album next, Jarreau recorded a "live in the studio" affair before an invited audience -- and this time he would not be bothered with the latest new mediocre R&B tunes. Spreading his net from the Gershwins through Lennon-McCartney to Jorge Ben, Elton John and himself, Jarreau assembled a core band that includes vets like Joe Sample, Steve Gadd, the late Eric Gale, and producer Marcus Miller and turned himself loose on the songs with a freedom that hasn't been heard extensively on his records since the '70s. As then, he transplants standards of whatever school into his own cross-genre idiom, squeezing his tone through the syllables and flashing his speed scatting. He produces some lovingly drawn-out reprises of "She's Leaving Home" and "We Got By," a semi-funk "Summertime" with echoes of Gil Evans in the horns, and fits into the rapid-fire "Mas Que Nada" in the Brazilian manner-born. Opera diva Kathleen Battle's breathless coloratura soprano makes for an odd, unsettling contrast with Jarreau's snake-like wanderings in "My Favorite Things" (the only track recorded at a separate session in New York; the others were cut in L.A.); Michael Brecker's tenor sax adds a third alien voice to the mix. Those who were first drawn to Jarreau from his live and recorded performances of the mid-'70s are going to like this CD -- and this time, the new material ("Wait for the Magic," "Dinosaur") is not only interesting and thought-provoking, it makes good use of Jarreau's voice. As with Live In London, a home video of the sessions is available, but contains only ten tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/1994
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624542223
catalogNumber: 45422

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jarreau   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Kathleen Battle   Vocals,Track Performer
Don Alias   Percussion
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Stacy Campbell   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Steve Gadd   Drums
Eric Gale   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kenny Garrett   Alto Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Neil Larsen   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Jason Miles   Synthesizer
Marcus Miller   Bass,Keyboards
Jeffrey Ramsey   Background Vocals
Philippe Saisse   Synthesizer
Sharon Young   Background Vocals
Michael "Patches" Stewart   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Vocal Arrangements
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Jeff DeMorris   Engineer
James Farber   Engineer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Tim Jaquette   Engineer
Tom Mahn   Engineer
Bruce Miller   Engineer
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jeffrey Ramsey   Vocal Arrangements
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Greg Ross   Art Direction
Christian "Wicked" Wicht   Engineer
Charlie Essers   Engineer

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Tenderness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al Jarreau has command of the stage when he plays live and this recording is another outstanding jewel that proves it. His vocals shimmer and pour over the music so beautifully. His original "Dinosaur", reminiscent of "We Got By" is classic Al!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is smooth, feel good love music - - - you will love it.