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R&B - Released July 14, 2009 | Rhino - Warner Records

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Released in 1981, Breakin' Away is not only a great follow-up to This Time, it all but perfected the effort. With an amazing batch of songs, producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players, Breakin' Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound. "Closer to Your Love" comes off as a tougher, more confident version of the songs from the previous album. However, in short order, Breakin' Away assumes its own identity with brilliant results. Everything works so well here that the hit, the pleasing "We're in This Love Together," comes off as the weak link. "Easy," with its gorgeous and subtle Latin flourishes, has Jarreau's purposeful delivery coming off oddly poignant in its joy and beauty. The bittersweet "My Old Friend" has him giving a charming and understated reading with gorgeous synth signatures that speak volumes. Most of Breakin' Away has Jarreau in great spirits and giving one great performance after another, like the powerful and melody-rich title song. Like his best albums, this gives Jarreau plenty of room to exercise his chops. He struts through the funky and elegant "Roof Garden," and on the impressive "(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo a la Turk" he offers great scats and whimsical lyrics. For the final track, Jarreau brings new life to "Teach Me Tonight" and it has a sweeping, dreamy arrangement. Produced by Jay Graydon, Breakin' Away is a great album and informed a lot of Jarreau's subsequent efforts. © Jason Elias /TiVo
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R&B - Released June 15, 1976 | Rhino - Warner Records

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A good session, though the gimmicks are kicking in. © Ron Wynn /TiVo
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R&B - Released September 30, 2008 | Rhino

If ever there was a singer suited for a holiday album it was Al Jarreau, whose friendly, honeyed croon always felt warm and welcoming. Those traits are evident on his 2008 seasonal album Christmas but so are his scatting roots, perhaps a little bit too much so for this to be the kind of soothing soundtrack to a Christmas party that it might initially seem to be, particularly as the first section of the album is loaded with just a little bit too much syncopation and swing. As Christmas rolls on, things settle down into a smooth quiet storm groove, never pushing too hard on either the vocal or arrangement front, which is a bit of a relief after the slightly overcooked first half. This back-end -- containing a silken "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," a light "The Little Christmas Tree" and a mildly funky "Gloria in Excelsis" -- is what Jarreau fans would hope, even expect, from an Al Jarreau Christmas album and it's the reason to give this a seasonal spin. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Soul - Released March 25, 2016 | Westmill

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Soul - Released July 1, 2008 | Goldenlane Records

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R&B - Released January 10, 2017 | HHO

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Soul - Released November 11, 2012 | Carter Lane - OMiP

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Soul - Released May 6, 2013 | Play Digital

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Soul - Released October 3, 2000 | Cleopatra Records

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Soul - Released July 11, 2011 | Sleeping Giant Music

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Soul - Released December 12, 2006 | Synergie OMP

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Soul - Released November 23, 2010 | Essential Media Group

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Soul - Released March 3, 2009 | CW Music - EMG

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Soul - Released July 10, 2011 | Synergie OMP

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Soul - Released November 29, 2010 | Vanilla OMP

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Soul - Released January 3, 2006 | Copyright Group

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Soul - Released July 10, 2011 | Synergie OMP

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Soul - Released December 5, 2006 | Synergie OMP

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Soul - Released November 30, 2010 | CW Music - EMG

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Soul - Released January 1, 2007 | Synergie OMP