Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau

Stylistic limits have Al Jarreau never particularly interested. Since the mid-1970s, the versatile singer has with its distinctive singing style - which is a unique combination of lyrical swing and captivating Vocalese - excels in a wide range of musical genres. With his eclectic approach he drove over the decades a success over success and managed the only vocalist in musical history to win Grammys in three different categories: jazz, pop and rhythm and blues.

Meanwhile, he can look back on a FIVE-decade career as a recording and live artist and has 72 years reached an age where many artists perform shorter or even completely withdraw from the music business. But of all the wants Jarreau know anything yet. His experimentation continues unabated and leads him repeatedly with new musical partners. Just as now on the album "Al Jarreau And The Metropole Orkest - Live", which highlights the two evening concerts in Theater aan de Parade united in the Dutch Den Bosch. The stage he entered it with a 53-piece orchestra, which is equally adept at playing classical music to jazz and everything in between.

is conducted the orchestra, which is also an album with guitarist John Scofield took up two years ago under the title "54", since 2005 of the renowned American arranger Vince Mendoza, the - has already been awarded several Grammys - as Jarreau. Eleven songs from Jarreau's extensive work form the repertoire of this CD. What makes this album even fOr die Jarreau fans who know all his albums, interesting, is that he first received these numbers here with a full orchestra.

"The songs are likely many people already known to be," admits Al Jarreau, "but not so, as we are now presenting. This orchestra has given them an entirely new framework. There are new phrases and new interpretations to discover. And of course there is music that one does not know of the original recordings. It is absolutely clear that one already existing music reinvent and reinvigorate can and can them sound completely contemporary restoration. "

Then, let Altes again sound new to Al Jarreau had specialized early. The in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, born in 1940 artist sang as a child in the church choir, who headed his father as vicar. And although he so dealt from an early age with music, he studied psychology but first and gained his first professional experience as a social worker. The music came to him only after moving to Los Angeles to the fore when he started in small clubs on the West Coast to occur.

Although he was able to record his debut album mid-1960s, succeeded Jarreau but only in 1975 with the second album "We Got By" foothold properly in the music scene. From the critically praised equally effusive, turned - after two Grammys in the Jazz Category -1981 with "Breakin 'Away" and the commercial success of a. From this album, Jarreau the Grammys number three and four earned (one of them in the Pop category), came his first hit single "We're In This Love Together". Its popularity continued to grow, as he ( "Moonlighting" with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in the lead roles) einsang 1987 the theme song for the popular TV series "Moonlighting".

But as is so with success: he comes and goes. In the 1990s, Jarreau's rating dropped a little in spite of quite good albums "Heaven And Earth" (1992) and "Tenderness" (1994). Then he teamed up again in 1998 with producer Tommy LiPuma together, under whose auspices he previously "We Got By" had recorded almost a quarter of a century. The renewed partnership produced a series of successful albums: "Tomorrow Today" (2000), "All I Got" (2002) and "Accentuate The Positive" (2004). 2006 was the album "Givin 'It Up", which was awarded two Grammys in collaboration with guitarist George Benson.

Since "Tenderness" from 1994 is waiting the worldwide community of Al Jarreau fans now on a new live album of their stars. With "Al Jarreau And The Metropole Orkest - Live" this wish them finally met. And in what a way. On the program were new versions of old successful songs like "Água de beber", "Spain", "We're In This Love Together" and "After All", as well as remakes of pieces he recorded only in the last decade had: like Eddie Harris' "Cold Duck", Russell Ferrante "Scootcha-Booty" Freddie Ravel "Jacaranda Bougainvillea" or "Something You Said", Jarreau's version of the Weather Report classic "A Remark You Made".

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