The Active Voice

Al Jarreau used to jog before every performance — until a few years back, when he began waking up with painful, swollen knees and made the switch to speed-walking. After aching foot tendons slowed him down again, he discovered the stationary bike. "Joints, hair, eyes," the 68-year-old singer says with a smile, "There's an age when you have a mutiny of the body."

At least one crew member hasn't jumped ship: Jarreau's voice is as stunning, silken and staggering as ever, with a range and agility that would be impressive at any...

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