George Benson and Al Jarreau's new collaboration looks to be one of the most highly anticipated CDs of the year.
George Benson and Al Jarreau have recruited an all-star cast for their highly anticipated duets album titled Givin' It Up. The 13-song CD is a mix of cover songs and originals. Trumpeter Chris Botti and vocalist Patti Austin are featured on a song written by Jarreau called �Let it Rain,� while Paul McCartney joins Benson and Jarreau on a cover of Sam Cooke�s �Bring It On Home to Me.�
Elsewhere, there are two new versions of Benson and Jarreau�s most famous songs. Jarreau wrote new lyrics for Benson�s �Breezin�,� while guitarist Benson returns the favor by performing an instrumental version of Jarreau�s �Morning.� The superstar pair also cover Seals & Crofts� "Summer Breeze,� Paul Young's "Every Time You Go Away," John Legend's "Ordinary People," Billie Holiday�s �God Bless the Child� and Miles Davis' "Four" and "�Long Come Tutu."
Original tunes include �All I Am,� �Givin� It Up For Love� and �Don�t Start No Schtuff.� Among the many musicians and co-writers on the CD are Marion Meadows, Rex Rideout, Freddie Ravel, Herbie Hancock, Jill ScottPatrice Rushen, Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke.
Givin' It Up, a collaboration between Concord Records and Monster Music, will be released Oct. 24.
Givin� It Up Track Listing
1. Breezin� (Bobby Womack/Al Jarreau) - (5:40)
2. Morning (Al Jarreau/David Foster/Jay Graydon) - (5:02)
3. �Long Came Tutu (Marcus Miller/Al Jarreau) - (6:37)
4. God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday/Arthur Herzog Jr.) - (3:40)
5. Summer Breeze (Darrell Crofts/Jimmy Seals) - (5:01)
6. All I Am (Rex Rideout/Phillip Taj Jackson) - (3:23)
7. Ordinary People (John Legend/will.i.am) - (5:18)
8. Let It Rain (Al Jarreau/Barry Eastmond) - (4:54)
9. Givin� It Up for Love (Al Jarreau/Freddie Ravel) - (3:57)
10. Every Time You Go Away (Darryl Hall) - (4:30)
11. Four (Miles Davis/Jon Hendricks) - (5:15)
12. Don�t Start No Schtuff (Al Jarreau/Joe Turano) - (4:44)
13. Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke) - (4:25)