november 27, 2017

Al Jarreau - Look To The Rainbow - Live In Europe (1977) - 2Lp

Alwin Lopez "Al" Jarreau (12 March 1940 – 12 February 2017) was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more.
In 1968, Jarreau made jazz his primary occupation.
In 1969, Jarreau and Martinez headed south, where Jarreau appeared at Dino's, The Troubadour, and Bitter End West. Television exposure came from Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, and David Frost.
He expanded his nightclub appearances, performing at The Improv between the acts of such rising stars as Bette Midler, Jimmie Walker, and John Belushi.
During this period, he became involved with the United Church of Religious Science and the Church of Scientology. Also, roughly at the same time, he began writing his own lyrics, finding that his Christian spirituality began to influence his work.

In 1975, Jarreau was working with pianist Tom Canning when he was spotted by Warner Bros. Records. On Valentine's Day 1976 he sang on the thirteenth episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live, that week hosted by Peter Boyle.
Soon he released his critically acclaimed debut album, We Got By, which catapulted him to international fame and won an Echo Award (the German equivalent of the Grammys in the United States).
A second Echo Award would follow with the release of his second album, Glow. In 1978, he won his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for his album, Look To The Rainbow.

Look to the Rainbow is a live album by Al Jarreau, released on May 27, 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. It marked a breakthrough for his career in Europe and later also in the US.
In 1976 Jarreau made his first live appearances in Europe, starting with concerts at the jazz festivals in Montreux and Berlin. The following year he began his first tour through 16 cities in Europe starting with a gig at Onkel Pö's in Hamburg. Look to the Rainbow is a set of recordings from that tour.
The title song "Look to the Rainbow" is from the musical Finian's Rainbow, a Broadway production from the late 1940s. The most recognized song on this album is Jarreau's interpretation of Paul Desmond's classic jazz number "Take Five", which was also released as a single in an edited version in 1977.
Look to the Rainbow is a jazz-oriented album which is characterized by a unique light and open sound. With no guitar or brass instruments, accompanied by Tom Canning's Fender Rhodes (in some places supported by an ARP String Ensemble) and Lynn Blessing's vibraphone, Al Jarreau's voice is the main lead instrument and he uses it intensely as such.

Side A
A1. Letter Perfect  (5:16)
A2. Rainbow In Your Eyes  (6:17)
A3. One Good Turn  (6:30)

Side B
B1. Could You Believe  (6:49)
B2. Burst In With The Dawn  (7:24)
B3. Better Than Anything  (5:08)

Side C
C1. So Long Girl  (3:44)
C2. Look To The Rainbow  (7:54)
C3. You Don’t See Me  (6:44)

Side D
D1. Take Five  (7:20)
D2. Loving You  (5:00)
D3. We Got By  (6:47)

  • Al Jarreau – vocals
  • Abraham Laboriel – bass
  • Joe Correro – percussion
  • Lynn Blessing – vibraphone
  • Tom Canning – keyboards
  • Mixed by – Al Schmitt
  • Engineer [Assistant - Recording And Mixing] – Don Henderson
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Doug Hopkins, Merryn, Tim Summerhayes
  • Producer – Al Schmitt, Tommy LiPuma
  • Producer [Assistant] – Noel Newbolt
  • Art Direction – John Cabalka
  • Design – Eric Monson
  • Recorded in Europe, January and February 1977
  • Remote Recording by Rak Records Mobile
  • Mixed at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, February and March 1977
  • Mastered at The Mastering Lab
  • Mastered By – Mike Reese
  • Photography – Gesiue, Rakete, Spiller, Valentine
  • Management – Patrick Wm. Rains
  • Special Thanks to our Tour Manager, Jerry Levin
  • Susan, Here's a Rainbow
Release: May 27, 1977
Genre: Jazz, rhythm and blues, soul 
Length: 73:24 
Label: Warner Bros.
Catalog# WB 66059
Price: €20,00

Album: Goed
Cover: Goed

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