This Time (Al Jarreau album)
|Studio album by Al Jarreau|
|Al Jarreau chronology|
This Time is the fourth studio album by Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau, released in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. The release marked a change in Jarreau's sound to a more R&B-oriented flavor. As a result, the album achieved more success on the mainstream charts than his previous works, while also topping the Jazz Charts. It also reached #6 on the R&B charts and #27 on the Billboard 200."
This Time marked Jarreau's first foray into the top 40 on the Hot 200 or top ten on the R&B charts, as well as his first #1 on the Jazz charts. His next album would prove even more successful, topping both the Jazz and R&B charts.
- "Never Givin' Up" (Canning, Jarreau) – 3:56
- "Gimme What You Got" (Canning, Jarreau) – 3:43
- "Love Is Real" (Canning, Jarreau, Kellock) – 4:23
- "Alonzo" (Jarreau) – 5:25
- "(If I Could Only) Change Your Mind" (Canning, Willis) – 4:16
- "Spain (I Can Recall)" (Corea, Jarreau, Maren) – 6:31
- "Distracted" (Jarreau) – 5:51
- "Your Sweet Love" (Canning, Jarreau, Kellock) – 4:13
- "(A Rhyme) This Time" (Jarreau, Klugh) – 3:42
Charts & Awards
"Never Givin' Up" peaked at #26 R&B, while "Distracted" and Gimme What You Got" peaked at #61 and #63 on the R&B charts.
"Never Givin' Up" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male in 1981, Jarreau's first nomination in the R&B field. It lost to Jarreau's Warner Bros. labelmate George Benson for the Give Me the Night album, who had recently undergone a similar change in sound.
- Al Jarreau - vocals, percussion
- George Duke - piano
- David Foster - piano
- Greg Mathieson - piano, keyboards
- Oscar Castro-Neves - guitars
- Dean Parks - guitars
- Earl Klugh - guitar, rhythm arrangement
- Tom Canning - keyboards, rhythm arrangements
- Abraham Laboriel - bass
- Steve Gadd - drums
- Ralph Humphrey - drums, percussion
- Earl Lon Price - saxophone
- Jerry Hey - trumpet, horns
- Chuck Findley - trumpet, horns
- Steve George - synthesizer
- Jay Graydon - synthesizer, guitar