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Al Jarreau's career mirrors George Benson's -- both are complex jazz artists who draw from a plethora of influences and both have found so much success in the R&B field that it has taken them away from the jazz idioms they have mastered. If Jarreau had started his career earlier he would probably be a respected -- and broke -- jazz singer. But he has learned to slip in a few masterful improvisatory pieces in with his Adult Contemporary and R&B bread and butter. Thankfully, his commercial material is very good, but hip-hop has somewhat impacted the popularity of many solid Soul singers and Jarreau has concentrated on doing more jazz material during the last few years. 1994's Tenderness is a breathtaking mainstream document of an artist at the top of his game. Jarreau continues to spellbind audiences at jazz festivals around the world.

Al Jarreau (born April 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a jazz, pop, and R&B musician. As the son of a vicar, he had his first singing experience in a church choir. He gained a master's degree in psychology and worked as a rehabilitation counselor. Performed the theme to the 1980s American television show Moonlighting. He graduated from Ripon College in 1962. One of Jarreau's most commercially and artistically successful albums is Breakin' Away (1981), which includes the hit song "We're in this Love Together".
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He recorded an LP in the mid-'60s, but largely remained an unknown, not reentering the studio for another decade. Upon signing to Reprise, Jarreau resurfaced in 1975 with We Got By, earning acclaim for his sophisticated brand of vocalize and winning positive comparison to the likes of Billy Eckstine and Johnny Mathis. After 1976's Glow, Jarreau issued the following year's Look to the Rainbow, a two-disc live set that reached the Top 50 on the U.S. album charts. With 1981's Breakin' Away, he entered the Top Ten, scoring a pair of hits with "We're in This Love Together" and the title track. After recording 1986's L Is for Lover with producer Nile Rodgers, Jarreau scored a hit with the theme to the popular television program Moonlighting, but his mainstream pop success was on the wane, and subsequent efforts like 1992's Heaven and Earth and 1994's Tenderness found greater success with adult contemporary audiences.

A string of budget compilations and original albums hit the shelves at the end of the decade, but into the turn of the century his original output slowed down. That was until he signed with the Verve/GRP label in 1998 and reunited with producer Tommy LiPuma. LiPuma had produced Jarreau's ostensible 1975 debut, We Got By, and the pairing seemed to reinvigorate Jarreau, who went on to release three stellar albums under LiPuma's guidance, including 2000's Tomorrow Today, 2002's All I Got, and Accentuate the Positive in 2004.