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Al Jarreau (RIP) - Blue Skies


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"Glengarry Glen Ross" (great movie starring Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino,  Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris and UK Jonathan Pryce) soundtrack


Most likely his jazziest song ( along with his "Take Five" rendition)...Composed by Irving Berlin in 1926







Drummer Peter Erskine youtube comment on "Blue Skies":


We recorded this "live" — as in all together at the same time — without much warning (as to the tempo!). That's John Patitucci holding it all together on the bass. Al Jarreau was magnificent. And while Wayne Shorter's tenor adorns most of the film soundtrack (as well as Jeff Porcaro's and Larry Bunker's drumming — Jeff, with typical modesty, told me that he asked Larry to play some of the brush cues), this is Bob Sheppard playing saxophone on "Blue Skies" (I'm playing on this, along with Russ Ferrante on piano...). Good memories of a short session, this was the first and only take. The film uses the bass and drums from this take during the scene where the safe break-in is discovered the next morning...



Peter Erskine is a great drummer who collaborated with many musicians and rec'd at least an album with Weather Report

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Studio version ( fake live)






Drummer is Alejandro Acuna who used to play with Weather Report in one or two studio albums ( if I'm not mistaken)


Guitarist in yellow shirt is NOT Tom Cruise......

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Brazilian classic composed  ( and also sometimes performed) by Jorge Ben....Made famous internationally in the mid-sixties by Sergio Mendes




Great line-up: Steve Gadd on drums, Marcus Miller ( who used to play w Miles Davis) on bass, Joe Sample-RIP on piano/keyboards, Flora Purim  co-vocals (Brazilian singer...used to sing with Chick Corea's Return To Forever, Santana, Michael Franks...) etc.....





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