Al Jarreau to Release 'Tomorrow Today'; Acclaimed Vocalist's GRP Debut is First Studio Album in Five Years
NEW YORK, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 7th, GRP/Verve Records will release "Tomorrow Today," the first studio recording in over five years by Al Jarreau, one of the most beloved and widely recognized vocalists in American popular music. On this label debut, Jarreau recaptures the pure vocal magic that has brought him five Grammy(R) awards and worldwide recognition for over 25 years. With a warm and soulful voice that is equally adept at crooning a love song, scatting in the classic jazz tradition, or grooving to a dance beat, Jarreau's signature style and remarkable vocal talent have been a familiar sound over the past few decades with songs like "We're in This Love Together," "After All," "Mornin'," "Take Five," and "Boogie Down" providing an ever-evolving soundtrack to our contemporary era. Destined to become another classic album in Jarreau's already impressive repertoire, "Tomorrow Today" features a first-tier assemblage of musicians, including saxophonist Boney James, trumpeter Rick Braun, drummer Steve Gadd, and percussionists Paulinho da Costa and Luis Conte. Also making a special guest appearance is multi-media star Vanessa Williams, who lends her vocal charms to the inspiring duet, "God's Gift to the World," one of the CD's highlights. Labeled "the voice of versatility" by The Chicago Tribune, Al Jarreau is a name synonymous with outstanding vocals, whether the forum is jazz, R&B, or pop music. His unique and innovative manner of scat and modern soul singing pioneered the way for artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, Brian McKnight, and R. Kelly, all of whom have followed in Jarreau's stylistic footsteps. Beginning his recording career in 1975 with the critically acclaimed "We Got By," a succession of career landmarks soon followed, including "Glow," the live release "Look to the Rainbow," "All Fly Home," "This Time" (Gold), "Breakin' Away" (Platinum), "Jarreau" (Gold), "High Crime" (Gold), "Live In London," "L Is For Lover" (Gold), "Heart's Horizon," "Heaven and Earth," "Tenderness" and "Best of Jarreau." Along the way, Al Jarreau has achieved the rare distinction of winning Grammy(R) awards for vocals in three categories: jazz, pop, and R&B. His five Grammy(R) awards include Best Jazz Vocal Performance for "Look to the Rainbow" (1977), "All Fly Home" (1978), and "Breakin' Away" (1981). Jarreau also garnered another Grammy(R) in 1981 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male for "Blue Rondo A La Turk"; and a Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for "Heaven and Earth" (1992). During his hiatus from recording Jarreau has continued to tour worldwide, always to loyal and enthusiastic audiences. "I kept writing and found myself working as much as I've ever worked without an album project," Jarreau reveals. "I've built an audience that loves the live performance." Though it's been five years since he's released a CD, Jarreau still plays to sold-out crowds around the world, including Paris, Rome, Berlin, Stockholm, and London. On "Tomorrow Today," Jarreau teams with producer Paul Brown for ten of the album's tracks to craft a collection of songs that continue to showcase his immense cross-demographic appeal, complete with his signature brand of uplifting R&B ballads and soulful dance grooves. Fans will be delighted with such new standards as "Just to Be Loved," "Let Me Love You," "Last Night," and "Through It All." The sensuous "It's How You Say It," produced by Barry J. Eastmond, sets a romantic mood while the title track "Tomorrow Today" introduces a Latin-influenced salsa beat. Using his uncanny ability to craft lyrics for classic instrumental songs, Jarreau penned lyrics to Weather Report's ballad "A Remark You Made," now retitled "Something That You Said"; as well as a witty acapella take on the Crusaders' "Put It Where You Want It," which has been renamed "Puddit." "The real challenge with this album was that I wanted listeners to feel comfortable with what they've come to expect, but surprise them with a little something they may not have thought about," Jarreau offers. "That's what they get when they come to my concerts, why not on an album?" After 25 years of making great music, Al Jarreau has never sounded better -- his voice is as supple and expressive as ever on a new group of songs that equals his greatest hits of the past. Recently described by the Detroit News as "one of the world's greatest natural resources," Al Jarreau is indeed a national treasure who will most certainly prove to be as vital in the 21st century as he has been in the preceding one. "Tomorrow Today" (314 547 884-2) will be in-stores March 7, 2000 on CD.
SOURCE Verve Music Group
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