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Givin' It Up

George Benson, Al Jarreau

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Givin' It Up finds crossover jazz icons guitarist George Benson and vocalist Al Jarreau teaming up for a breezy, enjoyably melodic session that highlights both artists' long careers. Technically a duo album, it is Benson's first since signing with Concord Records. As such, it works as a nice reintroduction to both artists and even finds them reworking the Bobby Womack classic "Breezin'," which Benson originally covered on his 1976 album of the same name. Here listeners get Jarreau adding lyrics and vocals on a version that really evokes the classic '70s jazz-meets-R&B sound that was an original hallmark of smooth jazz. In that sense, Givin' It Up is a true joy for fans of that more organic, song-oriented approach to crossover music, with Benson and Jarreau digging in to such great songs as Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze," John Legend's "Ordinary People," and Darryl Hall's "Every Time You Go Away." Also adding some unexpected fun and celebrity sheen to the proceedings is an impromptu appearance by Paul McCartney, who joins in on Sam Cooke's gospel-inflected "Bring It on Home to Me." Throw in appearances by trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Patti Austin, pianist Herbie Hancock, and bassist Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke, and Givin' It Up proves music is always fun with a little help from your friends.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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1
Breezin' (Album Version)
George Benson
00:05:38

BOBBY WOMACK, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

2
Mornin' (Album Version)
George Benson
00:05:01

DAVID FOSTER, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - JAY GRAYDON, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer - Michael Broening, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

3
'long Come Tutu (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:06:36

MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - HERBIE HANCOCK, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

4
God Bless The Child (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:39

Billie Holiday, Author - George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - Arthur Herzog Jr., Composer - Jill Scott, FeaturedArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

5
Summer Breeze (Album Version)
George Benson
00:05:00

Darrell Crofts, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Seals, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

6
All I Am (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:22

Rex Rideout, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - Philip Jackson, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

7
Ordinary People (Album Version)
George Benson
00:05:17

J. Stephens, ComposerLyricist - W. Adams, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer - Michael Broening, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

8
Let It Rain (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:53

Barry Eastmond, ComposerLyricist - Patti Austin, FeaturedArtist - George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

9
Givin' It Up For Love (Album Version)
George Benson
00:03:56

George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Freddie Ravel, Producer, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

10
Every Time You Go Away (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:29

Daryl Hall, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - LARRY WILLIAMS, Producer - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

11
Four (Album Version)
George Benson
00:05:13

Miles Davis, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - Jon Hendricks, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

12
Don't Start No Schtuff (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:43

Joe Turano, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

13
Bring It On Home To Me (Album Version)
George Benson
00:04:22

Paul Mccartney, FeaturedArtist - Sam Cooke, ComposerLyricist - George Benson, MainArtist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc./Monster LLC.

Album Description

Givin' It Up finds crossover jazz icons guitarist George Benson and vocalist Al Jarreau teaming up for a breezy, enjoyably melodic session that highlights both artists' long careers. Technically a duo album, it is Benson's first since signing with Concord Records. As such, it works as a nice reintroduction to both artists and even finds them reworking the Bobby Womack classic "Breezin'," which Benson originally covered on his 1976 album of the same name. Here listeners get Jarreau adding lyrics and vocals on a version that really evokes the classic '70s jazz-meets-R&B sound that was an original hallmark of smooth jazz. In that sense, Givin' It Up is a true joy for fans of that more organic, song-oriented approach to crossover music, with Benson and Jarreau digging in to such great songs as Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze," John Legend's "Ordinary People," and Darryl Hall's "Every Time You Go Away." Also adding some unexpected fun and celebrity sheen to the proceedings is an impromptu appearance by Paul McCartney, who joins in on Sam Cooke's gospel-inflected "Bring It on Home to Me." Throw in appearances by trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Patti Austin, pianist Herbie Hancock, and bassist Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke, and Givin' It Up proves music is always fun with a little help from your friends.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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