Al Jarreau’s “Breakin” Away” is his fifth album released on June 30, 1981.
Track Listing : 1.Closer To Your Love (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) – 03:54 . 2.My Old Friend (Steve George, John Lang, Richard Page) – 04:26 . 3.We’Re In This Love Together (Roger Murrah, Keith Stegall) – 03:44 . 4.Easy (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) – 05:23 . 5.Our Love (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) – 03:53 . 6.Breakin’ Away (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) – 04:12 . 7.Roof Garden (Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau) – 06:19 . 8.(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo À La Turk (Dave Brubeck) – 04:44 . 9.Teach Me Tonight (Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul) – 04:13
Musicians : Al Jarreau – Vocals . Jay Graydon – Guitar, Synthesizer . George Duke – Piano, Arranger . David Foster – Keyboards . Michael Boddicker – Synthesizer . Billy Byers – Strings . Steve Lukather – Guitar . Dean Parks – Guitar . Abraham Laboriel – Bass . Michael Omartian – Synthesizer, Rhodes . Milcho Leviev – Piano . Jeff Porcaro – Drums . Steve Gadd – Drums . Chuck Findley – Trumpet . Jerry Hey – Trumpet . Lon Price – Alto Saxophone . Bill Reichenbach Jr. – Trombone
Production : Produced By Jay Graydon . Joe Bogan – Engineer . Lawrence Brown – Engineer . Mikey Davis – Engineer . Humberto Gatica – Engineer . Csaba Petocz – Engineer . Debbie Thompson – Engineer . Bernie Grundman – Mastering
Package : Christine Sauers – Art Direction
Recorded In 1981.
Released On June 30, 1981 By Warner Bros..
Breakin’ Away is not only a great follow-up to This Time, it all but perfected the effort. It assumes its own identity with brilliant results. Everything works so well here that the hit, the pleasing “We’re in This Love Together,” comes off as the weak link. […]
Al Jarreau is a fantastic singer, but I think the music lacks spice, too bad he did not make records a decade earlier when the music scene was more open to a musical gourmet meal, would gladly heard him rattling with Scott Walker’s “Bish Bosch” boilers in the kitchen and cooking more exotic food, he has the voice of so much more than jazzy smooth pop, which is pleasant enough, but rarely essential like the best of good singers like Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield. : ) […]
Breakin’ Away found him bringing his scat singing and remarkable ability to imitate various instruments to a wider audience with his novel mixture of jazz and R&B influenced pop songs. It was forth and most successful album with Warner, both artistically and commercially […]