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Monday, February 13, 2017

RIP Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau died on Sunday, February 12, aged 76. One of the most innovative of singers, boundaries meant nothing to him as proved by his unique achievement of winning Grammys in 3 different categories - Jazz, Pop and R & B.
I never managed to catch him live, however, I do have the 5 CD set: Al Jarreau - Original Album Series. The equivalent of 5 LPs - We Got By; Glow; All Fly Home; This Time and Breakin' Away. All classics that will be on my turntable tonight.
Did Al Jarreau ever play Newcastle. If he did then I have no excuses for not seeing a legend who, ironically, announced his retirement from touring only a few days ago.
Sadly missed.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

1 comment :

Steve T said...

I know several people who saw him in Manchester in the early eighties, though most were more interested Dave Sanborn supporting.
I was a bit of a Jazz snob at the time, haven turned my back on Jazz funk which was kind of his audience at that time.
Also I'm not big on Jazz singers in general but he was a fantastic singer.
In amongst your OAC set you should slip in the version of Little Sunflower off the Love Connection album.

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