The Art of Al

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4 jui. 2011, 22h21m

I still remember when Germany was hit by the 'Al Jarreau feaver' in the 70s (I was born there and did spent the first 39 years of my life in that country). Like the Beatles he had his international breakthrough from Hamburg. When I heard him singing Take Five (watch out for the TV recording of it on YouTube) I was in flames. In my book it is still the best cover version of the famous Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond tune by any musician. But until yesterday I had never see him live on stage. At first I was a bit apprehensive about the title of his 'Greatest Hits' tour. It reminded me a little bit too much of all those albums by so many musicians when their record label doesn't know anymore how to cash in on the artist. This was, fortunately, not the case with Al Jarreau and his great band. As I was close to the stage at the Royal Festival Hall I was able to get the full impact from a very great entertainer with his expressive and ever changing face and gestures. Though he is now 71 years old in musical terms he still seems to be very much at the top of his trade. As I am a professional photo designer I couldn't put my camera down throughout (without the use of flash, of course). Even then it was almost impossible to sit still when he sang and lived his most famous songs, lesser known once and very new tunes, too. A wonderful surprise was when Earl Klugh shared the stage with Jarreau for a song. As he told us later behind the stage, he had played the night before with George Benson in Vienna. The whole night will be one of my most unforgettable music events in a musically very rich life. Thank you very much Al and your wonderful band!Al JarreauEarl Klugh

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