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.

Let me list just a few more tunes to round out my tribute to Al.

Mornin’ maybe Al’s most commercial tune. It is very similar to We’re in This Love Together.

Take Five is a classic jazz tune written and made famous by Dave Brubeck in the 50s. Why Al Jarreau thought that he could take a classic tune and make it his, i’m not sure but he did. This is a great tune. All of Al’s great talents are on display. Enjoy.

Arguably one of Al’s best tunes. It has heart/emotion. It has softness and grit. It also has Al’s great voice at its best.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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