Al Jarreau "This Time" WARNER BRO.(3434-2)`80 - U.S.A.

Jay Graydon, David Foster, Steve Gadd, Aberaham Laboriel, Carlos Vega(drs), Dean Parks(g), Jerry Hey, Larry Williams, George Duke, Earl Klugh
    - N.Y. Type    - L.A. Type    - Latin Type   * Nac/Aor Type 
    - Black Contemperary   Type   - Euro. Type   - Afro Type
    - Jazz Type    - Blues Type   - Rock  Type   - S.Clark  Type 
When choosing a vocal fusion album for this series, this album first came to my mind. J.Graydon produced this album as a combination with D.Foster,and the sound of this album is strongly inlayed with their sound. The sound of the combination of J.Graydon and D.Foster was widely in fashion and they had provided their sound to many musicians. This album is the first one supported by them. Chick Corea's "Spain" is one of well-known tracks in this album, and this version of "Spain" was loved so much that many amateur bands love to play this versionand would be one of favorite repertories of them. Al Jarreau has incredible voice and must be first-class vocalist in all kinds of music (except classical, because I don't know well ;-) ) and it must be very easy for him to create great albums if only he could get the following three. Firstly, a good producer who can draw forth the potentiality of him. Secondly, musicians who are evaluated and appreciated by the producer. And thirdly, compositions which can make best of his voice. These days his activity is getting quiet comparing with those days in which he released this album, I think it's because he couldn't get a good producer, mucisians, and songs best match for him. Considering this fact, this album satisfys these three elements and is very sophisticated album. Talking about my personal opinion, there's no musical instruments greater than human voice!! This cannot be applied to all, however, his gifted voice and talent of vocal cannot be defeated by any instruments.
*I believe this must be his best.(Aswan)

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Translated by Toshitake Ozutsumi