George Benson & Al Jarreau: Givin' It Up CD 2006

Two of jazz music's most well know performers team up for the first time on their Concord Music Group release 'Givin' It Up. The first single 'Morning is already at smooth jazz radio, with the single 'Let it Rain' going to Urban AC and AC. The CD also features special guests Herbie Hancock, Paul McCartney, Jill Scott, Chris Botti, Patti Austin, Marion Meadows and Marcus Miller. The duo will be on tour throughout the fall starting in Philadelphia and ending in Los Angeles.

Track Listing

  Track # Title
1 Breezin'
2 Mornin'
3 Tutu
4 God Bless the Child
5 Summer Breeze
6 All I Am
7 Ordinary People
8 Let It Rain
9 Givin' It Up for Love
10 Every Time You Go Away
11 Four
12 Don't Start No Schtuff
13 Bring It on Home to Me



George Benson & Al Jarreau
Givin' It Up
24 October 2006
~ Discs:1
Umgd/Concord ( CNCO )
Compact Disc

Product Reviews

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, Rovi


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