R.I.P. Al Jarreau


Sad to say goodbye to one of the most talented jazz vocalists of all time, Al Jarreau. (Wait… did I say one of the most talented of all time? How about just the most talented of all time?).

Here’s a version of “Summertime”, recorded at an outdoor concert on a hot night in Los Angeles, August 1994, featuring a particularly polished band (including Larry Williams on piano, Neil Larson on Keyboards, Steve Gadd on drums, Andrew Ford on bass, and my friend from way-back, Charles Johnson on guitar), along with a laudably clear mix.

Check out Al’s scat solo starting around 3’12”.