On this day in music history: March 28, 1983 - “Jarreau”, the sixth album by Al Jarreau is released. Produced by Jay Graydon, it is recorded at Garden Rake Studios in Studio City, CA from Mid - Late 1982. Following the critical and commercial success of his double Grammy winning, Double Platinum selling album “Breaking Away”, the veteran jazz/pop vocalist once again collaborates with session guitarist and producer Jay Graydon (Manhattan Transfer, George Benson). “Jarreau” features musical support from top notch studio players including Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro (drums), Abraham Laboriel (bass) and The Seawind Horns. The album’s seamless blend of jazz, R&B and pop is another winner for the virtuoso vocalist. It spins off three singles including “Mornin’” (#6 R&B, #21 Pop) and “Boogie Down” (#9 R&B, #77 Pop), receiving four Grammy nominations including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical) in 1984. “Boogie Down” is also prominently featured in the film “Breakin’” (aka “Breakdance” outside the US) in 1984, though is not included on the soundtrack album. An extended version of the track is also issued on a promotional 12" single, at the time of the commercial singles’ original release in 1983. The album is remastered in 2009, and contains one bonus track not included on the original release. “Jarreau” peaks at number four on the Billboard R&B album chart, number thirteen on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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