Givin' It Up

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Givin' It Up
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 2006
RecordedApril 2006
GenreJazz
Length62:40
LabelConcord
ProducerJohn Burk, Michael Broening, Marcus Miller, Patti Austin, Freddie Ravel, Larry Williams, Chris Dunn.
George Benson chronology
Irreplaceable
(2003)
Givin' It Up
(2006)
The Essential George Benson
(2006)
Al Jarreau chronology
Accentuate the Positive
(2004)
Givin' It Up
(2006)
Christmas
(2008)
Singles from Givin' It Up
  1. "Morning"
    Released: 2006
  2. "Ordinary People"
    Released: 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Givin' It Up is a first-time recording/collaboration between vocalist Al Jarreau and guitarist George Benson. It contains songs previously recorded by both artists (Benson's "Breezin" and Jarreau's "Mornin") and original music. Other vocalists and musicians featured are Jill Scott, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Abe Laboriel, Chris Botti, Marcus Miller, and Paul McCartney. This project also includes standards by Billie Holiday ("God Bless the Child") and Sam Cooke ("Bring It On Home to Me"), pop songs by Seals and Crofts ("Summer Breeze") and Daryl Hall ("Everytime You Go Away") along with the jazz-swing "Four" by Miles Davis, and "Ordinary People" by John Legend.

It was released by Concord Records in September 2006.

In 2007, Benson was awarded his 9th (or 10th) and Jarreau was awarded his 6th Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance on "God Bless The Child'" with Jill Scott. Benson also won his 10th (or 9th) Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance on "Mornin'", while "Breezin'" received a nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Breezin'"Bobby Womack, Al Jarreau5:40
2."Mornin'"Jarreau, David Foster, Jay Graydon5:02
3."'Long Come Tutu"Marcus Miller, Jarreau6:37
4."God Bless the Child" (featuring Jill Scott)Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.3:40
5."Summer Breeze"Jim Seals, Dash Crofts5:01
6."All I Am"Rex Rideout, Phillip "Taj" Jackson3:23
7."Ordinary People"John Legend, will.i.am5:18
8."Let It Rain" (featuring Patti Austin)Barry Eastmond, Jarreau4:54
9."Givin' It Up for Love"Freddie Ravel, Jarreau3:57
10."Every Time You Go Away"Daryl Hall4:30
11."Four"Miles Davis, Jon Hendricks5:15
12."Don't Start No Schtuff"Joe Turano, Jarreau4:44
13."Bring It On Home to Me" (featuring Paul McCartney)Sam Cooke4:25

Personnel[edit]

  • George Benson – guitar, lead vocals (1, 3–6, 9–13), arrangements (4), backing vocals (7)
  • Al Jarreau – lead vocals (1, 2, 3, 5, 8–13), vocal percussion (1, 2, 4, 10), backing vocals (2, 7), arrangements (8)
  • Ray Fuller – guitar (1, 5)
  • Dean Parks – guitar (1, 5, 10, 13), rhythm guitar (8)
  • Freddie Fox – guitar (2, 7)
  • Michael O'Neill – rhythm guitar (9)
  • Michael Thompson – guitar (10)
  • Larry Williams – keyboards (1, 5), arrangements (1, 5, 10), acoustic piano (5, 10)
  • Michael Broening – keyboards (2, 7, 13), programming (2, 7), arrangements (2, 7), organ (13)
  • Herbie Hancock – acoustic piano (3)
  • Patrice Rushen – keyboards (3, 10, 12), Fender Rhodes (4, 6, 8, 13), arrangements (4), acoustic piano (11)
  • Rex Rideout – acoustic piano (6), arrangements (6)
  • Barry Eastmond – keyboards (8), arrangements (8)
  • Freddie Ravel – Fender Rhodes (9), clavinet (9), organ (9), synthesizer (9), Moog bass (9), drums (9), percussion programming (9), arrangements (9), BGV arrangements (9)
  • Joe Turano – Wurlitzer (12), Hammond B3 organ (12), arrangements (12)
  • Randy Waldman – acoustic piano (13), arrangements (13)
  • Abraham Laboriel – electric bass (1, 6, 13)
  • Mel Brown – bass guitar (2, 7)
  • Marcus Miller – bass guitar (3, 4, 5, 8, 10), arrangements (3)
  • Stanley Clarke – bass guitar (11, 12)
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums (1, 4, 5, 8, 10–13)
  • Michael White – drums (2, 3, 7)
  • Gregg Field – drums (6)
  • Ricky Lawson – drums (6)
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (1, 5, 8, 10, 13)
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion (8)
  • Marion Meadows – saxophone (2, 7)
  • Chris Botti – trumpet (8)
  • John Burk – arrangements (4)
  • Jill Scott – lead vocals (4)
  • Patti Austin – lead and backing vocals (8), BGV arrangements (8)
  • Maxi Anderson – backing vocals (8)
  • Valerie Pinkston – backing vocals (8)
  • Sharon Perry – backing vocals (8)
  • Darlene Perry – backing vocals (8)
  • Lorraine Perry – backing vocals (8)
  • Sandra Simmons Williams – backing vocals (8)
  • De'Ante Duckett – backing vocals (9, 13)
  • Alethea Mills - backing vocals (9, 13)
  • Chavonne Morris – backing vocals (9, 13)
  • Fred Martin – BGV arrangements (9, 13)
  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals (13)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – John Burk (All tracks); Michael Broening (Tracks 2 & 7); Patti Austin (Track 8); Freddie Ravel (Track 9).
  • Co-Producers – Marcus Miller (Track 3); Larry Williams (Track 10); Chris Dunn (Track 11).
  • Additional Production on Track 8 – Barry Eastmond and Gregg Field
  • Executive Producers – Glen Barros, Kevin Lee and Noel Lee.
  • Recording Engineers – Michael Broening, Myron Chandler, Jeff Harris, Don Murray, Charlie Paakkari, Seth Presant and Bill Smith.
  • Additional Engineering – Kevin Becka, Barry Eastmond, Eric Ferguson, Carlos Martinez, Dennis Moody and John Wroble.
  • Assistant Engineers – Phillip Broussard, Keith Gretlein, Casey Lewis and Paul Smith.
  • Recorded at Henson Recording Studios, NRG Studios and Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA); G Studio Digital (Studio City, CA); LAFX Studios, The Pass, Willyworld and Ravelation Studios (Los Angeles, CA); White Lightning Studios (Sylmar, CA); Porcupine Studios (Chandler, AZ); The "B" Hive (Phoenix, AZ); East Bay Studios (Tarrytown, NY).
  • Pro Tools and Editing – Seth Presant, Bill Smith and German Villacorta.
  • Additional Pro Tools Engineer – Alex Pavlides
  • Mixed by Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios, assisted by Steve Genewick.
  • Mastered by Doug Sax and Sangwook Nam at The Mastering Lab (Ojai, CA).
  • A&R – Chris Dunn
  • A&R Administration – Mary Hogan
  • Production Consultant – Gerald McCauley
  • Art Direction – Abbey Anna and Andrew Pham
  • Design – Andrew Pham
  • Photography – Randee St. Nicholas

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Billboard 200[3] 58
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[3] 14
Jazz Albums[3] 1

Awards[edit]

2006 - 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards[2]

Winner Title Category
George Benson "Mornin'" Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Al Jarreau, George Benson, Jill Scott "God Bless the Child" Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collar, Matt. George Benson and Al Jarreau: Givin' It Up > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Past Winners Search". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Givin' It Up - George Benson & Al Jarreau". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2011.