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Accentuate the Positive Al Jarreau's tinny tenor, loose vibrato, and percussive scat have always borne odd charms on Accentuate the Positive. But for years he's buried...Accentuate the Positive Al Jarreau's tinny tenor, loose vibrato, and percussive scat have always borne odd charms on Accentuate the Positive. But for years he's buried...2004-08-13
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Accentuate the Positive

Lead Performer: Al Jarreau; Producer (group): GRP; Status: In Season

Al Jarreau’s tinny tenor, loose vibrato, and percussive scat have always borne odd charms on Accentuate the Positive. But for years he’s buried himself in smooth R&B mixes. This welcome return to jazz is mixed. Jarreau glides giddily through Dizzy Gillespie’s ”Groovin’ High” and swings urgently on Eddie Harris’ ”Cold Duck.” But a heavy backbeat obscures Lionel Hampton’s ”Midnight Sun,” and Jarreau’s falsetto falters on the ballads.

Originally posted August 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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