Al Jarreau - March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017 - Look To The Rainbow

Al Jarreau passed away yesterday, on February 12, 2017. He is perhaps the epitome of what this Quiet Storm music format is about, where improvisational jazz, soul and R&B converge.

He was age 76 when he died, and so it is quite a coincidence, that for many, they got they got their first taste of Al Jarreau in 1976 after the live recordings (featured below) were produced by the legendary engineer, Al Schmitt.  The videos that were shot in sync with the live audio recordings, below, are reason for celebration, for these are obscure gems that are not widely known about and they are still cool. Timeless in fact.

When the album was released, it was a style of jazz that seemed really fresh and was really different. Nobody scat sang like this, blending lyrics and scat with such fluid soul, backed by a super burning trio of real musicians.

The album was titled "Look To The Rainbow: Live in Europe". This album takes a long time to explore in all of it's intricacies.

TheQuietStorm.Com Celebrates All Jarreau March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017

The record was recorded and was shot live in Hamburg, Germany. The musicians featured are Tom Canning on keys, Jerome Rimson on bass guitar and Nigel Wilkinson on drums.

One of the most popular songs on the record was Jarreau's unique version of the Paul Desmond classic, Take 5, that was already famous as it recorded by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album titled Time Out. Jarreau's take on the song was a major departure, like a blast off to another planet. Be patient, the song does not really take off until the 2:20 point of the first video below. Enjoy! GC

Al Jarreau - Take Five (live)

Al Jarreau - Letter Perfect

Al Jarreau - Susan's Song

Al Jarreau - We Got By

Al Jarreau - Somebody Watching You

Al Jarreau - You Don't See Me

Al Jarreau - Lock All The Gates

Al Jarreau - Your Song



Connect direct with Al Jarreau's official websites at AlJarreau.Com and Facebook.com/AlJarreauOfficial and at Twitter.com/AlJarreau

Al Jarreau's past catalogue is with Rhino Records/Warner Bros. Records

Most recently, Al Jarreau was/is signed to the Concord Music Group, home to numerous historical and current imprints/labels, and home to hundreds and hundreds of the most legendary established and well picked emerging artists, groups and songwriters.