Benson, Jarreau Draft Stars For 'Givin' It Up'
Jazz veterans George Benson and Al Jarreau are joined by some big names on their first collaborative album, "Givin' It Up."Jazz veterans George Benson and Al Jarreau are joined by some big names on their first collaborative album, "Givin' It Up." Due Oct. 24 via Concord/Monster Music, the set features Paul McCartney on a version of Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me," Jill Scott on Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" and Patti Austin and Chris Botti on "Let It Rain."
Elsewhere, Benson and Jarreau put new spins on each other's material. Jarreau has added lyrics and vocals to Benson's instrumental hit "Breezin'," while Benson recasts Jarreau's "Mornin'" as an instrumental. The pair also covers Paul Young's "Every Time You Go Away," John Legend's "Ordinary People," Miles Davis' "Four" and "Long Come Tutu" and Seals & Croft's "Summer Breeze."
Among the musicians contributing to the sessions are Herbie Hancock, bassists Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. Monster Music is releasing "Givin' It Up" as a two-CD SuperDisc package, featuring a variety of high resolution audio mixes.
Benson and Jarreau are touring together through the end of the month and will next perform tomorrow (Aug. 11) in Westbury, N.Y.