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Al Jarreau: Has The Adult Contemporary Songwriter Eclipsed The Jazz Singer?

Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1985

FOUR JARREAU brothers grew up in Milwaukee. They all sang. Three still live there. "My older brother had a fine tenor voice," Al recalls. "The next one was more the jazzer. I'd sit around and watch them rehearse, and I learned a lot. They did sort of Four Freshmen harmonies — maybe not as sophisticated as the Hi Los, but very good. That's where I learned a lot of it — one brother would sing a line, and we'd sing it back. Or he'd make a funny sound with his mouth, and we'd repeat it. Walking to the store, or to church... my father was a preacher, and until I was about ten, that's what I wanted to be too." Jarreau smiles, and reflects for a moment.

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