George Benson & Al Jarreau: Four
Givin’ It Up (Concord Records / Monster Music 2316)
Composed by Miles Davis.
Recorded: Hollywood, April 2006
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
Who would have thought the '70s fusion masters would have aged so well? The Benson-Jarreau collaboration is no tepid nostalgia act -- it earned two Grammies, hit the top of the jazz charts and spurred an international tour. Jarreau’s intonation may be suspect at times, and the performance doesn’t break new ground. All of the participants here were playing just as well during the Jimmy Carter administration. Yet this band of old-timers grooves grandly, and the two star vocalists evoke a sense of free-wheeling fun that some dour youngsters would do well to emulate.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia