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Friday, February 9th, 2018
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.