Saturday, March 9, 2013

Save Your Love for Me: Nancy Wilson vs. Al Jarreau

First the classic Nancy Wilson version, beautifully articulated.

Next, the sensuous Al Jarreau, also beautifully articulated.

I love both versions, and I also think Jarreau is a Nancy Wilson fan because his version comes from his album Tenderness on which he sings another song previously recorded by Wilson, "Go Away, Little Boy/Girl."

As Wilson points out in the first video, Buddy Johnson wrote "Save Your Love for Me." He also wrote the classic "Since I Fell for You," which both Jarreau (On Double Vision with David Sanborn) and Wilson (On her album Save your Love for Me with Cannonball Adderley) have recorded. Both of these jazz classics swell with longing and obsession. Johnson must have been a passionate romantic stung a few times by love's bittersweet kiss.

I've been on a Nancy Wilson kick lately, but this is not new. I started listening to her when I was a tween, raiding my parents' music collection, which was lost in Hurricane Katrina.

Here is 1988 video of Jarreau and Wilson performing together for a tribute to the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. In the video, you'll also see Fitzgerald perform "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" and catch Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham in the audience, as well as Whitney Houston.

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