Breakin' Away

Breakin' Away

by Al JarreauAl Jarreau
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Released in 1981, Breakin' Away is not only a great follow-up to This Time, it all but perfected the effort. With an amazing batch of songs, producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players, Breakin' Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound. "Closer to Your Love" comes off as a tougher, more confident version of the songs from the previous album. However, in short order, Breakin' Away assumes its own identity with brilliant results. Everything works so well here that the hit, the pleasing "We're in This Love Together," comes off as the weak link. "Easy," with its gorgeous and subtle Latin flourishes, has Jarreau's purposeful delivery coming off oddly poignant in its joy and beauty. The bittersweet "My Old Friend" has him giving a charming and understated reading with gorgeous synth signatures that speak volumes. Most of Breakin' Away has Jarreau in great spirits and giving one great performance after another, like the powerful and melody-rich title song. Like his best albums, this gives Jarreau plenty of room to exercise his chops. He struts through the funky and elegant "Roof Garden," and on the impressive "(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo a la Turk" he offers great scats and whimsical lyrics. For the final track, Jarreau brings new life to "Teach Me Tonight" and it has a sweeping, dreamy arrangement. Produced by Jay Graydon, Breakin' Away is a great album and informed a lot of Jarreau's subsequent efforts.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992357623
catalogNumber: 3576

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jarreau   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Williams   Synthesizer
George Duke   fender rhodes
Milcho Leviev   Piano,Keyboards
Tom Scott   Horn
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Tom Canning   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Steve Gadd   Drums
Steve George   Background Vocals
Jay Graydon   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Steve Lukather   Electric Guitar
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar
Lon Price   Alto Saxophone
Peter Robinson   Synthesizer
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Neil Steubenhaus   Bass
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Milcho Leviev   rhythm arrangement
David Foster   String Arrangements
Billy Byers   String Arrangements
Tom Canning   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Jay Graydon   Songwriter,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Csaba Petocz   Engineer
Joe Bogan   Engineer
Lawrence Brown   Engineer
Mikey Davis   Engineer
Christine Sauers   Art Direction
Debbie Thompson   Engineer

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