Tenderness 0594

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Review Text Rather than do a strictly studio or strictly live album next, Jarreau recorded a "live in the studio" affair before an invited audience -- and this time he would not be bothered with the latest new mediocre R&B tunes. Spreading his net from the Gershwins through Lennon-McCartney to Jorge Ben, Elton John and himself, Jarreau assembled a core band that includes vets like Joe Sample, Steve Gadd, the late Eric Gale, and producer Marcus Miller and turned himself loose on the songs with a freedom that hasn't been heard extensively on his records since the '70s. As then, he transplants standards of whatever school into his own cross-genre idiom, squeezing his tone through the syllables and flashing his speed scatting. He produces some lovingly drawn-out reprises of "She's Leaving Home" and "We Got By," a semi-funk "Summertime" with echoes of Gil Evans in the horns, and fits into the rapid-fire "Mas Que Nada" in the Brazilian manner-born. Opera diva Kathleen Battle's breathless coloratura soprano makes for an odd, unsettling contrast with Jarreau's snake-like wanderings in "My Favorite Things" (the only track recorded at a separate session in New York; the others were cut in L.A.); Michael Brecker's tenor sax adds a third alien voice to the mix. Those who were first drawn to Jarreau from his live and recorded performances of the mid-'70s are going to like this CD -- and this time, the new material ("Wait for the Magic," "Dinosaur") is not only interesting and thought-provoking, it makes good use of Jarreau's voice. As with Live In London, a home video of the sessions is available, but contains only ten tracks. ~ Richard S. Ginell

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Mas Que Nada - 5:14
  2. 2. Try a Little Tenderness - 8:36
  3. 3. Your Song - 6:05
  4. 4. My Favorite Things - 5:20
  5. 5. She's Leaving Home - 8:39
  6. 6. Summertime - 6:17
  7. 7. We Got By - 6:03
  8. 8. Save Your Love for Me - 6:54
  9. 9. You Don't See Me - 5:26
  10. 10. Wait for the Magic - 6:51
  11. 11. Dinosaur - 5:23
  12. 12. Go Away Little Girl - 6:42

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