Al Jarreau Taps Roots' '?uestlove' For New Song
Randee St. Nicholas

Al Jarreau, the jazz singer with a silky voice who is one of the only artists to have captured Grammy Awards in three different categories -- pop, jazz and R&B -- is branching out once again. For his latest recording, the singer has ventured into yet another genre by tapping none other than hip-hop's Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, drummer for the Roots, to produced the first single of his upcoming album.

Titled "Excellent Adventure," the track was collectively helmed by Richard Nichols and the Randy Watson Experience -- a production/songwriting duo comprised of songwriter James Poyser and Thompson. "Adventure" was exclusively created for Jarreau's upcoming album, "Al Jarreau -- The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure," scheduled for a Sept. 29 release on Rhino.

Other songs slated to appear in the 16-song compilation include "We Got By," the title track from his 1975 major-label debut; "Take Five," from "Look To The Rainbow," which earned him the 1977 Grammy for Best Vocal; "(Round, Round, Round) Blues Rondo A La Turk," the 1981 Grammy winner for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; and "Moonlighting," the theme song from the hit television show by the same name starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis.