Al Jarreau Breakin' AwayDiscothèque Idéale Qobuz

Breakin' Away

Al Jarreau

Released on July 14, 2009 by Rhino - Warner Bros.

Main artist: Al Jarreau

Genre: R&B/Soul > R&B

Distinctions: The Qobuz Ideal Discography (July 2014)

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Album : 1 disk - 9 tracks Total length : 00:40:53

  1. 1 Closer To Your Love

    JAY GRAYDON, Arranger, Writer - TOM CANNING, Arranger, Writer - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

  2. 2 My Old Friend

    Steve George, Writer - JAY GRAYDON, Arranger - Richard Page, Writer - TOM CANNING, Arranger - Al Jarreau, Arranger, MainArtist - John Long, Writer Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

  3. 3 We're In This Love Together

    Roger Murrah, Writer - Keith Stegall, Writer - JAY GRAYDON, Arranger - TOM CANNING, Arranger - Al Jarreau, Arranger, MainArtist - Stegall, Writer - Murrah, Writer - Murrah and Stegell, Composer Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

  4. 4 Easy

    JAY GRAYDON, Arranger, Writer - TOM CANNING, Arranger, Writer - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

  5. 5 Our Love

    DAVID FOSTER, String Arranger - JAY GRAYDON, Arranger, Writer - TOM CANNING, Arranger, Writer - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

  6. 6 Breakin' Away

    Jerry Hey, Horns Arranger - JAY GRAYDON, Arranger, Writer - TOM CANNING, Arranger, Writer - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

  7. 7 Roof Garden

    Jerry Hey, Horns Arranger - DAVID FOSTER, String Arranger - Graydon, Writer - JAY GRAYDON, Arranger, Writer - Jarreau, Writer - Canning, Writer - TOM CANNING, Arranger, Writer - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

  8. 8 (Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo A La Turk

    JAY GRAYDON, Vocal Arranger - TOM CANNING, Vocal Arranger - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist - Dave Brubeck, Writer - Milchio Leviev, Arranger Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

  9. 9 Teach Me Tonight

    T. King, Arranger - Felix Mendelssohn, Arranger - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - DePaul, Cahn, Composer - Cahn, De Paul, Composer, Writer - J. M. Paris, Arranger Copyright : 1981 Warner Bros. Records. 1981 Warner Bros. Records.

About

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

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