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Jazz - Released April 8, 2008 | Rhino

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Jazz - Released April 8, 2008 | Rhino

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R&B - Released September 29, 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 July 1, 2008 | Goldenlane Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Concord Records

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R&B - Released January 10, 2017 | HHO

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Jazz - Released June 18, 2015 | Music Manager

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Concord Records

Al Jarreau got his start playing in a jazz trio led by pianist/keyboardist George Duke, so it is fitting that Jarreau pays tribute to Duke, who passed away in 2013, on his 2014 album My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke. It was while working as a vocal rehab counselor at a hospital in San Francisco in the late '60s that Jarreau began singing with Duke's trio. It was also due in part to the popularity of these early performances that both musicians' storied solo careers were launched. On My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, Jarreau delves into a batch of Duke compositions with a select group of guest artists, many of whom also had connections to Duke. Joining Jarreau here are such luminaries as Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, Dianne Reeves, and others. Similarly, backing Jarreau at various times is a superb ensemble of musicians including bassist Stanley Clarke (who also produced the album), keyboardists John Beasley and Patrice Rushen, guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., and drummer John "J.R." Robinson. In fact, Duke himself makes an appearance here via the wonders of modern technology on the languidly romantic "Bring Me Joy." Elsewhere, Jarreau turns his sonorous, joyful voice to such Duke songs as "Sweet Baby," "No Rhyme, No Reason," "You Touch My Brain," and more. Ultimately, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke is a heartfelt tribute album that, as with many of Jarreau and Duke's previous albums, feels fresh, warm, and full of love. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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World - Released March 6, 2020 | MP Digital

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Jazz - Released March 13, 2012 | Platinum Collection

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Jazz - Released February 28, 2012 | Platinum Collection

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Jazz - Released March 13, 2012 | Platinum Collection

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Jazz - Released March 6, 2012 | Platinum Collection

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Concord Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released October 5, 2014 | In The Mood

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2004 | Verve

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Jazz - Released September 10, 2016 | SMC Recordings