The youngest of 12, Jeffrey Osborne spent his childhood patiently waiting for a turn to play his favorite records on the family turntable. Hours would go by, listening to Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, Gloria Lynne, Della Reese, Joe Williams and Billy Eckstine spun by his brothers and sisters. Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Clifford Brown poured from the speakers when it was his father's turn. "So despite my love for Motown and doo wop," laughs Osborne, "I really grew up listening to jazz and standards." "It's funny," he continues. "I don't think any of my family would have ever envisioned me doing a record like this. It's always been R&B for me, but I don't think any of them would be surprised to hear it. And because this music is in my roots, I actually feel more comfortable doing this than I do R&B." With the release of A Time For Love, Osborne shows that it is his time, indeed, to finally record the songs he has long adored.
"This album is something I've always wanted to do," Osborne says excitedly. "I had a pretty clear idea of what songs I wanted to record because I've liked them so much over the years. But there are so many that it was difficult narrowing it down to just 12." So much so that he jokes A Time For Love will be the first in a trilogy of albums so that he can get to all of the songs on his wish list. In the end, most of the classics he selected were ones he began singing in Rhode Island nightclubs back when he was just 13 years old.
Though Osborne knew most of the songs like treasured old friends, he wanted to explore interpretations of them in ways he hadn't before. To help guide him through the new journey, Osborne turned to legendary jazz and R&B producer George Duke. The two were musical alchemists during the early days of Jeffrey's solo career, turning out hit after hit together on his first three albums including "On The Wings of Love," "Stay With Me Tonight," "We're Going All The Way," and more. "I knew there was no one else I would want to do this with other than George," says Osborne. "I just love George. I mean, he produced my first three solo records and so it was beautiful to come together for this project. And his arrangements are unbelievable." "When we recorded the album," adds George Duke, "all we did was laugh most of the time. It was really like no time had passed between then and the last time we worked together. It was a wonderful experience...the most fun record I've done in a long time."
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