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Al Jarreau – Roof Garden

Artist: Al Jarreau
Tune: Roof Garden

For the last several weeks, I have been celebrating the life of Al Jarreau.

So, I have been slowly counting down (in the wrong order) my favorite Al Jarreau tunes.

  1. Since I fell for you
  2. Wee B DoinIt
  3. Better Than Anything
  4. Spain

At #5 I put Roof Garden. Al Jarreau had an amazing voice that was meant for Jazz. He or his people really, really wanted Al to be top 10 hitmaster. Al had several minor hits but nothing that busted the charts.  Breakin’ Away was his most commercial/crossover album. It was released in 1981. We’re in This Love Together was his monster hit but Roof Garden was his attempt at a dance/boogie tune.  It is a fun tune. I love Al’s vocals in this tune.

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Al Jarreau – Spain

So, I have been slowly counting down (in the wrong order) my favorite Al Jarreau tunes.

  1. Since I fell for you
  2. Wee B DoinIt
  3. Better Than Anything

Now, for #4

Artist: Al Jarreau
Tune: Spain (Live)

Although I really like the live version (too much Steve Gadd on drums and not enough Al singing), I love the album version. You can feel the full range of Al’s voice in this tune. He hits the rapid fire notes – I can remember the rain in the December the leaves are brown on the ground. Damn that’s just great.  You also have free flowing long, luscious tones. It is just wonderful. Enjoy.

Al Jarreau – Better than Anything

Artist: Al Jarreau
Tune: Better than Anything

For the most part, live albums are poorly produced and poorly recorded spectacles which really do not capture the artist. They leave us is disappointed. Of course, there are some notable exceptions to this. The biggest exception is probably Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive! Another exception is Al Jarreau’s 1977 live album – Look To The Rainbow. If you like Al Jarreau, like his voice, you like his emotion, you like the way he phrases words, this album is for you. There are several great tunes on this album but for me Better Than Anything is as close to Al Jarreau perfection as we can get.