Al Jarreau: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
Al Jarreau (vocals)
Accentuate The Positive (Verve B0001634-02)
Mark Simmons (drums), Luis Conte (percussion).
Composed by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen.
Recorded: Hollywood, CD released in 2004
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Al Jarreau makes this Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer standard his own with his ebullient delivery and quirky phrasing. The song’s got an irresistible, finger-snappable groove, and saxophonist Keith Anderson serves as a soul-jazzy counterpart to Jarreau’s vocal. The high spirit is palpable and infectious; after hearing this, you will indeed, as the song says, “eliminate the negative.”
Reviewer: Lucy Tauss