Veteran jazz vocalist Al Jarreau reteams with producer Tommy LiPuma for their first studio album in 27 years on "Accentuate the Positive," due this week via Verve.
Songs earmarked for the album include the Hoagy Carmichael-penned standard "The Nearness of You," Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debbie," Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High," the Duke Ellington-popularized "I'm Beginning To See the Light" and the Betty Carter tribute "Betty."
"This new CD is quite different than any other that I have recorded," Jarreau says. "Simplicity and sparseness was the first and last commandment for this project. All songs were recorded live in the studio with a quartet. There were no string arrangements, no background arrangements, background vocals or overdubs, only two solos by harmonica and tenor sax were added after the original sessions where I sang along with the quartet."
Jarreau and LiPuma have not worked together on a studio release since 1976's "Glow," which was followed by the 1977 Grammy-winning concert release "Look to the Rainbow." The new album is the follow-up to 2002's "All I Got," which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.