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  • Personnel: Randy Bowland (guitar); Chris Farr (saxophone); Matt Cappy (trumpet); James Poyser (keyboards); Daniel Sadownick (percussion); Mercedes Martinez (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Jon Smeltz.
  • Audio Remasterer: Bernie Grundman.
  • Liner Note Authors: Al Jarreau; Don Heckman.
  • Recording information: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Boom Boom Room, Philadelphia, CA.
  • Photographer: Rocky Schenck.
  • Arrangers: Randy Watson Experience; Larry Andrew Williams; Freddie Ravel; Paul Rayner-Brown; Jeremy Lubbock; Al Jarreau; Robbie Buchanan; Tom Canning.
  • Vocalist Al Jarreau is one of the most successful singers in history. He has scored hits on Billboard's Jazz, R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Contemporary Jazz charts. He's won multiple Grammys and sold millions of records. Rhino has assembled 15 tracks that represent his long career with Warner Brothers and even cross-licensed a couple from Universal's GRP and Verve imprints. In addition to the 15 career-spanning cuts ranging roughly from 1975 to 1988 with a couple of tunes thrown in from the current decade, there is a new song entitled "Excellent Adventure," produced by the team of Amhir "?uestlove" Thompson and James Poyser, the same pair that produced Al Green's successful LAY IT DOWN. Fiona Frawley assembled this compilation and did a stellar job, including not only all the chart hits, but those that truly represent Jarreau's range as a singer and composer. Fans who already have comps can ditch them for this, and those who are curious would do well to actually begin their education with THE VERY BEST OF: AN EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.
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