Al Jarreau :: Roof Garden

Here’s something that will make you want to move your body Steve Martin à la Turk. Six and half minutes of strange, unquenchable pop-funk, the late Al Jarreau released “Roof Garden” in the libertine summer of 1981. Having long leaned away from his early 70s jazz roots, the track finds the acrobat of scat in full-on, LA R&B mode. With rubberband-like vox, dude is backed up by an insane cast of players (George Duke, Steve Gadd, the list goes on). Slicker than snot, the mixing console was no doubt Chivas stained and ivory smooth.