Thursday, December 27, 2012

Legendary Jazz men George Benson & Al Jarreau are "Givin' It Up"

A few years ago I was listening to one of the jazz channels on iTunes radio and heard a song which caught my ear. After checking the play list I discovered who it was and immediately bought the album "Givin' It Up" by George Benson & Al Jarreau.

"Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz" are the 'labels' you'll see when looking it up on iTunes which I guess does give you the idea of what to expect from this album.  Thirteen tracks including classics like "Breezin'", "Summer Breeze", "God Bless The Child", "Bring It On Home To Me" (featuring Paul McCartney) and "Long Come Tutu" (from the Miles Davis original "Tutu", which features Herbie Hancock). Other artists featured on the album are Patti Austin and Jill Scott.
My faves from this album are track 2 "Mornin" and track 3 "Long Come Tutu". I really admire how Al Jarreau write lyrics for songs that originally did not have lyrics and still keep the integrity of the melody and maintain the concept of how the song was composed from the beginning.

And Benson is just that Benson himself. With his smooth vocals and awesome guitar licks & solos, who could ask for a better collaboration? Two Legendary Jazz men still at the top of their game.

This is one sure album for all Jazz lovers to check out in my opinion.

Here they are performing "Summer Breeze"

Have A Great Day 

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