‘Givin’ It Up’ by Al Jarreau & George Benson

‘Givin’ It Up’ by Al Jarreau & George Benson is their first collaboration album, released on October 24, 2006.

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Track Listing : 1.Breezin’ (Bobby Womack, Al Jarreau) – 05:40 . 2.Mornin’ (Al Jarreau, David Foster, Jay Graydon) – 05:02 . 3.’Long Come Tutu (Marcus Miller, Al Jarreau) – 06:37 . 4.God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.) – 03:40 . 5.Summer Breeze (Jim Seals, Dash Crofts) – 05:01 . 6.All I Am (Rex Rideout, Phillip Taj Jackson) – 03:23 . 7.Ordinary People (John Legend, Will.I.Am) – 05:18 . 8.Let It Rain (Barry Eastmond, Al Jarreau) – 04:54 . 9.Givin’ It Up For Love (Freddie Ravel, Al Jarreau) – 03:57 . 10.Every Time You Go Away (Daryl Hall) – 04:30 . 11.Four (Miles Davis, Jon Hendricks) – 05:15 . 12.Don’T Start No Schtuff (Joe Turano, Al Jarreau) – 04:44 . 13.Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke) – 04:25

Musicians : George Benson – Guitar, Vocals . Al Jarreau – Vocals, Vocal Percussion . Larry Williams – Keyboards, Piano On (1 – 5 – 10) . A. Ray Fuller – Guitar On (1 – 5) . Dean Parks – Guitar On (1 – 5 – 8 – 10 – 13) . Abraham Laboriel – Electric Bass On (1 – 6 – 13) . Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums On (1 – 4 – 5 – 8 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13) . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion On (1 – 5 – 8 – 10 – 13) . Marion Meadows – Saxophone On (2 – 7) . Mike Broening – Piano, Keyboards, Organ On (2 – 7 – 13) . Freddie Fox – Guitar On (2 – 7) . Mel Brown – Bass On (2 – 7) . Michael White – Drums On (2 – 3 – 7) . Herbie Hancock – Piano On (Track 3) . Patrice Rushen – Keyboards, Fender Rhodes On (3 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13) . Marcus Miller – Bass On (3 – 4 – 5 – 8 – 10) . Jill Scott – Vocals On (4) . Rex Rideout – Piano On (6) . Gregg Field – Drums On (6) . Ricky Lawson – Drums On (6) . Patti Austin – Vocals On (8) . Chris Botti – Trumpet On (8) . Barry Eastmond – Keyboards On (8) . Bashiri Johnson – Percussion On (8) . Maxi Anderson – Background Vocals On (8) . Valerie Pinkston – Background Vocals On (8) . Sharon Perry – Background Vocals On (8) . Darlene Perry – Background Vocals On (8) . Lorraine Perry – Background Vocals On (8) . Sandra Simmons Williams – Background Vocals On (8) . Freddie Rave – Moog Bass, Clavinet, Organ, Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer, Drums On (9) . Michael O’Neill – Rhythm Guitar On (9) . Alethea Mills – Background Vocals On (9 – 13) . Chavonne Morris – Background Vocals On (9 – 13) . De’Ante Duckett – Background Vocals On (9 – 13) . Michael Hart Thompson – Guitar On (10) . Stanley Clarke – Bass On (11 – 12) . Joe Turano – Wurlitzer, Hammond B-3 On (12) . Paul Mccartney – Vocals On (13) . Randy Waldman – Piano On (13)

Production : Produced By John Burk . Kevin Becka – Engineer . Philip Brossard Jr. – Assistant Engineer . Myron Chandler – Arranger, Engineer . Steve Genewick – Mixing Assistant . Keith Gretlein – Assistant Engineer . Jeff Harris – Engineer . Carlos “Storm” Martinez – Engineer . Don Murray – Engineer . Sanwook “Sunny” Nam – Mastering . Charles Paakkari – Engineer . Seth Presant – Engineer . Travis Robertson – Assistant Engineer . Doug Sax – Mastering . Al Schmitt – Mixing . Bill Airey Smith – Engineer . Paul “Scooby” Smith – Assistant Engineer . John Wroble – Engineer

Package : Abbey Anna – Art Direction . Andrew Pham – Art Direction, Package Design . Randee Saint Nicholas – Photography . Randee St. Nicholas – Photography

Recorded April 2006.

ReleasedOn October 24, 2006 By Concord.

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Blogcritics
As a result, fans of either artist will find this an acceptable to distinguished effort but detractors will point to it as another example of a tendency to underachieve. Perhaps the latter comes with the territory when you have the considerable talents these gentlemen possess. […]

The Compulsive Reader
George Benson and Al Jarreau’s collaborative album Givin’ It Up is a master class in how mature musicians can be creative, please the public, maintain integrityand stay fresh. Al Jarreau’s singing shows a renewal of passionand compels comparison with his best work while George Benson’s singing suggests a deep vein of feeling: masculine, sure, unchangingand Benson’s guitar playing is ever distinctive. […]

yofriend @ RateYourMusic
One could argue that with the high production value, one could have expected something a bit more daring, more progressive. Granted. Still, while the choice of songs is anything but daring, it’s a pleasant trip altogether […]

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