Friday, July 29, 2011
I Love Al Jarreau
I have loved Al Jarreau for decades. I first heard the romantic song "After All". Then I heard the upbeat "Mornin'". Then I heard the theme song "Moonlighting" on that TV show (which I also loved, by the way). I loved them all. I bought the album "Breaking Away" back in the 80s. I recently bought the "The Very Best Of" CD and have discovered him all over again.
I love jazz, particularly Dave Brubeck, and Al does amazing things on this CD with "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la TurK". As the CD insert says, "he fearlessly tackled the challenge of improvising in the tricky 5/4 meter". I never imagined lyrics to "Rondo" but he and Dave Brubeck wrote them for this "virtuosic vocal" ("melody married to harmony"). It is simply a joy to listen to, energetic and inventive.
We saw Al at an outdoor concert in the 80s. Wow! When he sang "Boogie Down" the whole place was up dancing and rocking. A great memory! I feel the same way every time I listen to it.
I have been trying to post some of his songs here from YouTube but can't make it work. After I go visit the Genius Bar I will try again. I just couldn't wait to share this!