Jun 172018
 

from ULTIMATE DUETS
Written by Al Jarreau, David Foster & Jay Graydon

Legendary Cuban/American trumpeter Arturo Sandoval recently released his new cd titled Ultimate Duets. The ten-time Grammy winner paired with producer/drummer Gregg Field to deliver a beautiful collection of special duets with some of the world’s most important music stars.

The wide palette of styles featured on Ultimate Duets ranges from the classical flavor of the Spanish evergreen “Granada” performed with opera legend Placido Domingo to an amazing rendition of “People” with Stevie Wonder. The aptly titled “Arturo Sandoval” featured pop stars Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams who honored the great jazz player. This week’s review was the moving duet between Sandoval and the late, great Al Jarreau (1940-2017) performing a beautiful cover of “After All.” The song was originally recorded by the vocal jazz icon for his 1984 High Crime album. “After All” was one of the masterpieces that Jarreau co-wrote with David Foster and Jay Graydon in the early eighties. Its catchy melody brought the singer a well-deserved multi-format hit. This new rendition on Ultimate Duets was one of Mr. Jarreau’s last recordings before his passing on February 12th, 2017. The intimate arrangement magnifies the jazz feel of the tune, thus giving Jarreau and Sandoval plenty of room to shine with their emotional performances. Sophisticated music lovers who listen to it can’t help but be moved. “After All” captured the beauty of Jarreau’s final testament of sublime artistry and showcased Sandoval’s marvelous playing.


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Trumpet: Arturo Sandoval
Lead Vocals: Al Jarreau
Drums: Gregg Field
Electric Piano: Shelly Berg
Bass: Kevin Axt
Guitar: Dean Parks

Arranged by Shelly Berg
Produced by Arturo Sandoval & Gregg Field


Lyrics

There, there was a time I knew
That no matter, come what may, love
Would prevail
And then inside the dreams I knew
Came the question lovers fear
Can true love fail
Then I would miss the childhood wish
And haven’t I sung to you
Of the knight in armor bright
Faithful and true to you
Darling, after all
I will be the one to hold you in my arms

After all
I will be the one to hold you
I will be the one to hold you in my arms
In my arms
I know in my heart and mind
That no matter, come what may, love will survive
And love, the author of space and time
Keeps the galaxies and each sparrow alive
And the love that heals the wound
After the war is through
Is the knight in armor bright
Faithful and true to you
Darling, after all
I will be the one to hold you in my arms
After all
I will be the one to hold you
I will be the one to hold you in my arms
In my arms