Found him bringing his scat singing and remarkable ability to a wider audience
David O'Donnell 2009
Released in 1981, Al Jarreau's seventh album entitled Breakin' Away found him bringing his scat singing and remarkable ability to imitate various instruments to a wider audience with his novel mixture of jazz and R&B influenced pop songs.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jarreau was singing at his local church from a young age, and after graduating with a degree in Psychology in 1962, he continued to sing in his spare time whilst working as a rehabilitation counsellor. Performing in various clubs in San Francisco and LA, Jarreau’s reputation as a remarkable vocal talent began to grow within the jazz scene, and in 1975 Warner Brothers Records signed him.
Breakin' Away was Al Jarreau’s forth and most successful album with Warner, both artistically and commercially. The album featured the hit singles We're In This Love Together and Roof Garden and earned Jarreau two Grammy Awards at the 1982 ceremony, for Best Male Pop Vocalist & Best Male Jazz Vocal Performance. Since then Jarreau has gone on to be the only vocalist to ever win in three separate categories, which goes to show the ability and versatility Al Jarreau has as a performer.