Al Jarreau: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive


Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive


Al Jarreau (vocals)


Accentuate The Positive (Verve B0001634-02)

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Al Jarreau (vocals), Larry Williams (keyboards, arranger), Anthony Wilson (guitar), Christian McBride (bass),

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

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