Extrait de l'album
live LOOK TO THE RAINBOW (1977)
avec: Al Jarreau (vocals); Tom Canning (keyb);
Joe Correro (drums); Abraham Laboriel (bass);
Lynn Blessing (vibes).
" b. 12 March 1940, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
USA. Although Jarreau sang from childhood, it was many years
before he decided to make singing his full-time occupation.
Working outside music for most of the 60s, he began to sing
in small west coast clubs and eventually achieved enough
success to change careers. By the mid-70s he was becoming
well known in the USA, and, via records and a European tour,
greatly extended his audience. Singing a highly sophisticated
form of vocalese, Jarreau's style displays many influences.
Some of these come from within the world of jazz, notably
the work of Jon Hendricks, while others are external. He
customarily uses vocal sounds that include the clicks of
African song and the plosives common in oriental speech
and singing patterns. This range of influences makes him
both hard to classify and more accessible to the wider audience
for crossover music. More commercially successful than most
jazz singers, Jarreau's work in the 70s and 80s consistently
appealed to young audiences attuned to fusions in popular
music. By the early 90s, when he was entering his 50s, his
kinship with youth culture was clearly diminishing, but
his reputation was by this time firmly established. "