Jul 302017
 

from OUR LOVE/ROOF GARDEN (single)

written by Al Jarreau, Tom Canning & Jay Graydon

 

Al Jarreau was a rare talent. Mr. Jarreau’s (March 12, 1940 to February 12, 2017) 1981 masterpiece, Breakin’ Away, was produced by Jay Graydon and set the benchmark of excellence for the LA sound of those years. The late vocal legend with Graydon, his frequent collaborator, Tom Canning and an A-list team of players and engineers created an innovative musical architecture that fused Jarreau’s jazz roots with sophisticated soul sounds.

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Feb 262017
 

from GIMME WHAT YOU GOT (single)

written by Tom Canning & Al Jarreau

On February 12, the music world observed the loss of supreme jazz/pop singer Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 to February 12, 2017). His God-given talents, unique voice and superior skills are going to be greatly missed by his many fans and refined music lovers worldwide. To honor his memory and outstanding musical legacy, the “Song Of The Week” picked one of his many splendid composition titled “Gimme What You Got.” Originally included on Jarreau’s 1980 album This Time, “Gimme What You Got” was one of those breezy gems that helped define the Los Angeles pop sound of that unforgettable era. This Time marked the first collaboration between the Milwaukee-born singer and producer/guitarist extraordinaire, Jay Graydon.

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Feb 092014
 

from BREAKIN’ AWAY/(ROUND, ROUND, ROUND) BLUE RONDO A LA TURK (single)

written by Al Jarreau, Jay Graydon & Tom Canning

The end of 1981 saw the release of Al Jarreau’s new single “Breakin’ Away,” the title track of the singer’s platinum album released earlier that same year. “Breakin’ Away” was a laid-back tune co-written by Jarreau with collaborators Jay Graydon and Tom Canning. Produced by Graydon, the song sports a catchy melody, ear-candy refrain and refined funky beat. This track has smooth rhythms and superior arrangements that gives Jarreau plenty of room to shine with his slick falsetto dancing over the rich instrumental track.

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Jul 012012
 

from AL JARREAU & THE METROPOLE ORKEST: LIVE

written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Al Jarreau

The Metropole Orkest from the Netherlands is one of the best ensembles when it comes to fuse jazz and classical with the most refined popular music. Through the years, with the fundamental help of world-class arranger Vince Mendoza, The Metropole Orkester has collaborated with fantastic artists like Ivan Lins, Pat Metheny, Gino Vannelli and Chaka Khan.

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Mar 132011
 

from TROUBLE IN PARADISE/SAVE ME (single)

written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Al Jarreau

The albums that Al Jarreau released in the early eighties under Jay Graydon’s production have a level of sophistication and musicianship that are absolutely impressive and rightly considered some of the best quality Pop ever conceived.
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Jan 182009
 

From THIS TIME
Written by Tom Kellock, Al Jarreau & Tom Canning

The partnership between virtuoso jazz singer Al Jarreau and super-producer Jay Graydon was a true match made in Heaven. At the time of their first meeting, Jarreau was already a successful act in the jazz world with a couple of Grammys under his belt. Continue reading »

Nov 062005
 

From HIGH CRIME
Written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau’s “High Crime” was released in 1984. The singer was coming from a string of very successful, quality pop albums. He had received big chart success and the praise of the musical press along with several awards including Grammy’s in the Pop, Jazz and R&B fields. Continue reading »