Two for Tuesday: Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau has been around since the Sixties, but signed his first contract with Warner Brothers Records in 1975, releasing We Got By on the Reprise label that year. Since then, he’s recorded 15 studio albums, three live albums, and three “Best of” collections. His most recent album is [Al Jarreau & The Metropole Orkest: Live], released on the Concord Jazz label in 2012. You can read all about him, find him on tour, and find easy links to his music on his website.

When I listen to All Jarreau, I get caught up in the feel of his music. In addition to a beautiful voice, you can tell that he pours his heart and soul into every song. Our two examples today demonstrate this.

The first tune is “Mornin'”, from his 1984 release, titled simply Jarreau. It reached #21 on the US chart, #9 on the R&B chart, and #63 on the UK chart in 1983.

Al did the theme for the popular TV show Moonlighting, which starred Cybill Shepard and Bruce Willis and ran from 1985 to 1989. He released the theme as a single in 1987, and it reached #23 on the US chart, #8 on the UK chart, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. You can find it on 1996’s The Best of Al Jarreau or on his 2009 collection, The Very Best of Al Jarreau.

Al Jarreau, your Two for Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

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