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Givin' It Up

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God Bless The Child
Summer Breeze
All I Am
Ordinary People
Let It Rain
Givin It Up For Love
Everytime You Go Away
Don't Start No Stuff
Bring It On Home To Me
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 62:37

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Two Great Talents: One Terrible Album


In our pantheon of musical gods, few rank as highly as Jarreau and Benson. Jarreau is a vocal acrobat with warmth and style. Perhaps the most underrated r&b vocalist there is, Benson is also known to play a little guitar. His "20/20" album (1984) is one of the all-time greats: infusing soul and pop with synthesized sounds that no one had ever heard before. Getting these two journeymen together was an idea of genius. So how did that parlay itself into this train wreck? This is a lot of "smooth jazz" territory; the new name for what has come to replace elevator music. Everything is very middle of the road on this musical outing. What seems to be lacking here is a producer that can match the level of the vocalists; finding strong material, pushing their limits, not letting them rest on some signature tricks and bad habits. Ditch this and download the previously mentioned Benson album along with with Al's self-titled album "Jarreau". - Joher Coleman @ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0403825/

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Two Legends Together


I saw them together live before the album came out and I couldn't wait for it to be released. This is a gem. Pick it up.

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Great Stuff


Combine two leading artists and you get this magnificent album. Benson and Jarreau complement each other in a way that makes you want more. PLay it while barbecuing in any weather and feel the warmth flowing through your soul. Like Fourplay that combined the talents of some of the jazz greats, these two have done the same and have come up with an album that is simply magnificent. Benson was a classical jazzist. Many don't know when he started. Then he was so classical (like Bob James) It's a pity they went commercial.

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Nice Smooth Record!!


This is a nice smooth jazz album. Great for driving around and chilling to. With great guest appearances by Patti Austin and Sir Paul McCartney. Download it you will not regret it!!

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Heaven Sent


The Guitar wizardry of Benson coupled with the 'orchestral' voice of Jarreau supplemented with GB's silky voice - can this album help but being a hit? Not to mention Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott, Sir Paul McCartney, Patti Austen.... I'm in musical heaven!

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Fine work from veterans


While both Benson and Jarreau have been accused of selling out over the years, I have always enjoyed their various offerings in the "jazz" styles. This collection is an excellent overview of their jazz-funk-pop-soul sensibilities, and is very well-produced. Really nice.

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The REAL Review

Big Dave

Now that the track titles are fixed.... This is a fantastic album! The best in years for both George and Al. Working together, the result is spectacular.

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Great music download's mixed up!!!


Be warned: when you download tutu you get God bless the child, when you download Four you get Breezin'. ???!!!!!!!!

They Say All Music Guide

Givin’ It Up finds crossover jazz icons guitarist George Benson and vocalist Al Jarreau teaming up for a breezy, enjoyably melodic session that highlights both artists’ long careers. Technically a duo album, it is Benson’s first since signing with Concord Records. As such, it works as a nice reintroduction to both artists and even finds them reworking the Bobby Womack classic “Breezin’,” which Benson originally covered on his 1976 album of the same name. Here listeners get Jarreau adding lyrics and vocals on a version that really evokes the classic ’70s jazz-meets-R&B sound that was an original hallmark of smooth jazz. In that sense, Givin’ It Up is a true joy for fans of that more organic, song-oriented approach to crossover music, with Benson and Jarreau digging in to such great songs as Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze,” John Legend’s “Ordinary People,” and Darryl Hall’s “Every Time You Go Away.” Also adding some unexpected fun and celebrity sheen to the proceedings is an impromptu appearance by Paul McCartney, who joins in on Sam Cooke’s gospel-inflected “Bring It on Home to Me.” Throw in appearances by trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Patti Austin, pianist Herbie Hancock, and bassist Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke, and Givin’ It Up proves music is always fun with a little help from your friends. – Matt Collar

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