All I Got

COMPOSERS: Al Jarreau
LABELS: GRP
PERFORMER: AL JARREAU
CATALOGUE NO: 589 777-2 (distr. Universal)

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The veteran soft-jazzer AL JARREAU’s breezy All I Got regrettably consists of nothing but polish – yet another album of good-time, vaguely soulful stuff which his fans will rush out and buy but which will have little impact anywhere else. The album does include a duet with the equally veteran British rock pyrotechnician Joe Cocker, but even this is more entertaining in theory than in fact.