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Al Jarreau: Heart's Horizon

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Personnel includes: Al Jarreau (vocals, percussion); Bobby McFerrin (vocals); George Duke (guitar, strings, harmonica, piano, synclavier, synthesizer, percussion); Michael Landau, Earl Klugh, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Daniel Higgins, Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone); Marc Russo, Brandon Fields (saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet); Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach, Lew McCreary (horns); Philippe Saisse (keyboards); Dennis Matkosky (organ, synthesizer); Randy Goodrum, John Van Tongren (synthesizer); Stanley Clarke, Freddy Washington, Abraham Laboriel (bass); John Robinson, Carlos Vega, Ricky Lawson (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Marcy Levy, Phil Perry, Fred White, Vonda Shepard, Patricia Unaitis (background vocals).

Producers: George Duke, Jay Graydon, Philippe Saisse.

Engineers include: Erik Zobler, Jay Graydon, Brian Malouf.

Moving over to Warner's sister label Reprise...Jarreau splits the production reins between the resurrected Jay Graydon, George Duke and Philippe Saisse, and enlists occasional guests like Earl Klugh, David Sanborn, Stanley Clarke, Kirk Whalum and Bobby McFerrin to help out. "Yo' Jeans," a brief, humorous, a cappella vocalese duet with McFerrin, was a long-overdue idea -- one rubbery-voiced nonclassifiable vocalist communing with another -- and in its goofy way, it temporarily re-energizes the record after a succession of...frontloaded dance numbers and ballads. Jarreau also tries an interesting experiment with Saisse, running his voice and percussion through Akai and Emulator samplers on his own "10K Hi..." ~ Richard S. Ginell


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