Al Jarreau to Release 'Tomorrow Today'; Acclaimed Vocalist's GRP Debut is First Studio Album in Five Years

Nov 22, 1999, 00:00 ET from Verve Music Group

    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
     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