On October 24th, the music world will be dazzled by a harmonic convergence of superstars when singer/guitarist/songwriter George Benson
teams with vocalist extraordinaire/songwriter Al Jarreau
for Givin' It Up
. Friends and label-mates for over three decades, this outing marks the first time that the two artists, both multiple Grammy® winners with Gold and Platinum selling albums, have recorded together as equal partners.
This much-anticipated 13-track recording features each of the stars on a new arrangement of one of the other's biggest hits - Jarreau adding lyrics to and singing Benson's signature instrumental smash "Breezin'," while the legendary jazz guitarist delivers a lovely instrumental version of the singer's eternally charming hit "Mornin'." Givin' It Up
also includes delicious covers of Seals & Crofts
' "Summer Breeze" and Hall & Oates
' (and Paul Young
smash) "Every Time You Go Away," as well as stunning new jazz vocal versions of the Miles Davis
classics "Four" and "'Long Come Tutu."
Givin' It Up
was recorded between April and June, 2006. Serendipitously, pop legend Paul McCartney
happened to be in the studio next door during one session and dropped in to join Benson and Jarreau on an impromptu romp through Sam Cooke
's "Bring it on Home to Me." Neo soul diva, Jill Scott
, performs Billie Holiday
's timeless "God Bless the Child." Rounding out the album is an instrumental take on John Legend
's Grammy award-winning soul smash, "Ordinary People" and four new compositions, including a new Jarreau and Barry Eastmond composition, "Let it Rain," which features Patti Austin
and Chris Botti
George Benson & Al Jarreau's Givin' It Up
hits stores 10/24 from Concord Music Group and Monster Music.
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