This Time (Al Jarreau album)

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This Time
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Studio album by Al Jarreau
Released 1980
Genre Jazz
R&B
Length 42:19
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jay Graydon
Al Jarreau chronology
All Fly Home
(1978)
This Time
(1980)
Breakin' Away
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

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.[2]"

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.[3] His next album would prove even more successful, topping both the Jazz and R&B charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Never Givin' Up" (Tom Canning, Jarreau) – 3:56
  2. "Gimme What You Got" (Tom Canning, Jarreau) – 3:43
  3. "Love Is Real" (Tom Canning, Jarreau, Tom Kellock) – 4:23
  4. "Alonzo" (Jarreau) – 5:25
  5. "(If I Could Only) Change Your Mind" (Tom Canning, Allee Willis) – 4:16
  6. "Spain (I Can Recall)" (Chick Corea, Jarreau, Artie Maren) – 6:31
  7. "Distracted" (Jarreau) – 5:51
  8. "Your Sweet Love" (Tom Canning, Jarreau, Tom Kellock) – 4:13
  9. "(A Rhyme) This Time" (Jarreau, Earl Klugh) – 3:42

Charts & Awards[edit]

"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.[4]

"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,[5] who had recently undergone a similar change in sound.[6]

Personnel[edit]

  • Al Jarreau – lead vocals, background vocals (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7), vocal percussion (1, 4), rhythm arrangements (1-4, 7, 8, 9)
  • Greg Mathieson – rhythm arrangements (1), acoustic piano (1), string synthesizer (1, 3, 4, 5)
  • Tom Canning – rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 5, 8), Fender Rhodes (2, 4, 5, 8), acoustic piano (3, 5, 8), bells (8)
  • David Foster – acoustic piano (2), Fender Rhodes (3, 9)
  • Michael Omartian – string synthesizer (2, 8)
  • Larry Williams – synthesizer (3, 6, 8), Fender Rhodes (6)
  • Steve George – synthesizer (7)
  • George DukeFender Rhodes (8)
  • Jay Graydon – synthesizer programming (1, 2, 3, 5, 8), electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8), rhythm arrangements (2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9)
  • Oscar Castro-Neves – acoustic guitar (1)
  • Dean Parks – electric guitar (3, 5)
  • Earl Klugh – acoustic guitar (9), rhythm arrangements (9)
  • Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (1-9)
  • Ralph Humphrey – drums (1, 4, 5, 9), percussion (4)
  • Carlos Vega – drums (2, 3)
  • Steve Gadd – drums (6, 7, 8)
  • Earl Lon Price – saxophone (7)
  • Jerry Hey – horn arrangements (1, 3, 7), flugelhorn (1, 2, 7, 8), trumpet (3, 7)
  • Chuck Findley – trumpet (3, 7)
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (3, 7)
  • Tom Kellock – rhythm arrangements (3)
  • Les Thompson – harmonica solo (5)

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Jay Graydon
  • Engineers – Joe Bogan and Jay Graydon
  • Second Engineer – Debbie Thompson
  • Recorded at Dawnbreaker Studios (San Fernando, CA).
  • Remixed and Overdubbed at Garden Rake Studios (Sherman Oaks, CA).
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Mastering Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction – Richard Seireeni
  • Cover Photography – Richard Avedon
  • Sleeve Photography – Michael Rice and Susan Jarreau
  • Still Life – Harry Mittman

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ This Time Charts and Awards at Allmusic
  3. ^ Career Charts and Awards at Allmusic
  4. ^ Singles Charts and Awards on Allmusic
  5. ^ 1981 Grammy Awards Winner for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at Allmusic
  6. ^ Give Me the Night at Allmusic