Larry Blumenfeld
August 13, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Accentuate the Positive

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Al Jarreau
Producers
GRP

We gave it a B-

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.

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