UK release date:
Oct 24, 2006
US release date:
Oct 24, 2006

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Track list

Disc 1



5:40 • Studio version



5:02 • Studio version


Long Come Tutu

6:37 • Studio version


God Bless the Child

3:40 • Studio version


Summer Breeze

5:01 • Studio version


All I Am

3:23 • Studio version


Ordinary People

5:18 • Studio version


Let It Rain

4:54 • Studio version


Givin' It Up for Love

3:57 • Studio version


Every Time You Go Away

4:30 • Studio version



5:15 • Studio version


Don't Start No Schtuff

4:44 • Studio version


Bring It On Home to Me

Written by Sam Cooke

4:25 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Vinnie Colaiuta :
Dean Parks :
Al Jarreau :
George Benson :
Guitar, Vocals
Randy Waldman :
Michael Broening :
Patrice Rushen :
Fender rhodes electric piano
Abraham Laboriel :
Electric bass
Paulinho Da Costa :
Alethea Mills :
Background vocals
Chavonne Morris :
Background vocals
De'Ante Duckett :
Background vocals


From Wikipedia:

Givin’ It Up is a first-time recording/collaboration between seasoned and highly celebrated jazz artists-vocalist Al Jarreau and guitarist George Benson. It contains signature classics previously recorded by both veteran artists (Benson’s “Breezin” and Jarreau’s “Mornin”) and original music of which both gentlemen masterfully contribute their talents. Other noteworthy vocalists and musicians featured are Jill Scott, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Abe Laboriel, Chris Botti, Marcus Miller, and Beatles Legend Paul McCartney. This project also contains standards by Billie Holiday (God Bless The Child) and Sam Cooke (Bring It On Home To Me), popular classics by Seals and Crofts (Summer Breeze) and Daryl Hall (Everytime You Go Away) along with the classic jazz-swing “Four” by the legendary Miles Davis, and the neo-soul hit “Ordinary People” by John Legend.

It was released by Concord Records in September 2006.

From NPR Music, October 27, 2006:

CHIDEYA: […]¬†And you also got Paul McCartney involved.

Mr. JARREAU: Paul McCartney, that’s a special one. Nobody called him…

Mr. BENSON: Well, he heard that we were on the complex, on the grounds. And he heard that I was doing a record with Al, that he and I we’re doing record together. So he had never met Al, but he liked Al, and so did his wife.

He said that Al was his wife’s favorite artist. So he had to meet him. So he came by to see me to pay his respects and to meet Al. And he stumbled into the studio out of the clear blue sky, we looked around, I said, man, that looks like – it is Paul.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of song “Bring it on Home to Me”)

Mr. BENSON: We were in middle of the song.


Mr. BENSON: It was playing on the speakers, and it suddenly dawned on me that -Paul, you know this song? Because I know he did. He said, yeah, yeah, I know it. How about you’re doing this song here? You want to sing something on this with us? What did he say, Al?

Mr. JARREAU: Bloody hell, can you believe the cheek of this guy. I’m here doing me own record, he asks me to sing on his record.

Mr. BENSON: He kept his promise. He said, well, I’m doing my own thing. He said but if I get some time off, I’ll come back. He did it because he loved me and Al. He said, George, I can do one take. And boy, did he tear that thing up. I said not only did he know the song, I mean he was deep inside it, you know.

Mr. JARREAU: Yeah.

Mr. BENSON: His interpretation was really off the cuff, real different. It was almost like a miracle that happened.

Last updated on September 2, 2016


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