Al Jarreau – All Fly Home (1978)

LPFrontCover1Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American singer and musician. His 1981 album Breakin’ Away spent two years on the Billboard 200 and is considered one of the finest examples of the Los Angeles pop and R&B sound. The album won Jarreau the 1982 Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In all, he won seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more during his career.

Jarreau also sang the theme song of the 1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song “We Are the World.” (wikipedia)

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With a restrained yet potent funk band and a few cameos from luminaries in the jazz world, Al Jarreau gets plenty of opportunities to wrap his rubbery, ever-changing timbre around an agreeable collection of tunes, the majority of which he wrote or co-wrote. Of the cover tunes, Jarreau completely transforms Kenny Loggins’ “Wait a Little While,” the Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home” and Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” into personal vehicles for vocal acrobatics, and his own “Fly” revives his uncanny ability to skitter and sail along with a Brazilian-based rhythm track. Freddie Hubbard puts in a soulful guest appearance on flugelhorn on Dave Frishberg’s “I’m Home” and applies a more outgoing obligato to “Fly”; Lee Ritenour and Paulinho Da Costa also make appearances on the record. While Jarreau could still be technically classified as a jazz singer at this point, he is really inhabiting a zone of his own. (by Richard S. Ginell)

What a line-up !

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Personnel:
Lynn Blessing (keyboards, vibrtaphone, synthesizer)
Tom Canning (keyboards, synthesizer)
Joe Correro (drums)
Paulinho da Costa (percussion)
Freddie Hubbard (flugelhorn)
Al Jarreau (vocals)
Reggie McBride (bass)
Lee Ritenour (guitar)
Larry Williams (keyboards, synthesizer)

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Tracklist:
01. Thinkin’ About It Too (Jarreau/Canning) 3.22
02. I’m Home (Mathieson/Frishberg) 5.23
03. Brite ‘N’ Sunny Babe (Jarreau) 3.31
04. I Do (Jarreau/Canning) 4.28
05. Fly (Jarreau) 3.52
06. Wait A Little While (K.Loggins/E.Loggins) 3.40
07. She’s Leaving Home (Lennon/McCartney) 7.06
08. All (Jarreau/Canning) 3.52
09. Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay (Redding/Cropper) 4.02

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1 thought on “Al Jarreau – All Fly Home (1978)

  1. Very nice write up. I saw Al in concert shortly after his live record hit big. He put on one helluva show. Thank you for bringing back some nice memories.

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