Heart String

Heart String

by Earl Klugh


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To dismiss an Earl Klugh recording as easy listening is unfair. Klugh is one of the most inventive and accomplished guitarists to emerge from the 1970s. His discography has been heavily criticized in jazz circles, and for the most part deservedly so, as not qualifying as true Jazz music (based on improvisation). The spirit of jazz has always been that of improvisation, which is why Klugh has argued against himself being labeled a "jazz" musician. Labels aside, Klugh's brilliance has been overlooked because his releases have been on the softer side. The music here is full of heavy strings, funky backbeats and that '70s sound, but that is the charm of this recording. Klugh's "Acoustic Lady" is an infectious song and showcases his harp-like sound on the guitar. While it may be classified as easy listening, it is certainly not easy playing. A very beautiful and warm recording with enough guitar playing to keep even the most advanced players baffled.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2000
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724352354627
catalogNumber: 23546

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Klugh   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar
Phil Upchurch   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Victor Lewis   Drums
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David Nadien   Concert Master
Gene Dunlap   Drums
Daryl Dybka   Electric Piano
Charles Meeks   Bass,Electric Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Hubie Crawford   Bass,Electric Bass
Mickie Roaquemore   Clavinet
Dave Matthews   Conductor

Technical Credits

Earl Klugh   rhythm arrangement
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Gene Dunlap   rhythm arrangement
Daryl Dybka   rhythm arrangement
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Bill Burks   Art Direction
Dave Matthews   String Arrangements
Dave Palmer   Engineer

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Heart String 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Earl Klugh has been, and still is the man!! He has consistently produced some of the greatest smooth jazz music for years. I've had this particular cd since it first came out years ago, but technology is just now allowing me to publicly express my appreciation for it. I recommend not only Heart Strings, but any of Earl's cd's to anybody, whether they call themselves jazz lovers or not. No one can ease the tension of a hard day at work like some smooth sounds from Earl. I'm an avid smooth jazz fan, and would put this cd up there with the best of them!!