It's Valentine's Day and legend Jeffrey Osborne just released the enticingly well-timed new album "A Time For Love." So, "when you fall in love," with the album and part one of the intimate interview, remember a second interview and more albums are also on the way as Osborne discusses here some of his magical, supreme loves:
W.E. How did some of your musical and creative influences impact the new album, the song choices, the way it sounds?
W.E. Did you feel like there was a specific plan for each song?
J.O. I really picked the best person in the world to do these songs with, producer/musician George Duke, and we took our time in selecting which ones we wanted to record, and then sat down with George on piano and went through these songs backwards and forwards. George created incredible arrangements – the beauty of the record is that so many of these songs have been done a million times but the treatments are different, thanks to George. He gave each song a different feel and sound and we recorded this whole thing live. I sang while they played and that’s not done often anymore. It was really a kind of a magical feeling, making this album.
W.E. Did you come out of the process thinking you might want to make more albums in this vein, have a series of them?
J.O. I would love to. There are so many classic standard songs that I love that it was hard to choose just a few for this album, so I would like to do another record like this.