Monday, December 21, 2015

"Boogie Down" by Jarreau

Song#:  1497
Date:  06/18/1983
Debut:  86
Peak:  77
Weeks:  6
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Jarreau's self-titled album (now minus the "Al") started off well with the #21 single "Mornin'" (#2 AC/#6 R&B). This second single would score again at R&B reaching #9, but failed to make any inroads elsewhere. At Pop, the song would spend a minor few weeks in the bottom quarter of the chart while missing at AC completely. It didn't matter too much because the LP would end up being another platinum success for him.

ReduxReview:  I'd probably call this Stevie Wonder-lite. It seems to channel some of Wonder's late 70s jams, especially when the horns join in. It's just okay for me, but the highlight of the song is Jarreau's scat solo. No matter what the material is, Jarreau is going to sing the crap out of it (pun intended).

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The Jarreau album would end up receiving four Grammy nominations. Although it walked away empty handed, it did get nods for Best Engineered Recording and Producer of the Year (for Jay Graydon), as well as two noms in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) for "Mornin'" and "Step by Step."


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