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 himself… 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 himself… 2004-08-03 Al Jarreau
Music Review

Accentuate The Positive (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 03, 2004; Lead Performance: Al Jarreau

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 Aug 13, 2004 Published in issue #778 Aug 13, 2004 Order article reprints
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