Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart

by Diane Schuur


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Heart to Heart

B.B. King is more than just one of the greatest masters of electric blues guitar; he is also an extraordinarily gifted singer. His talents on his instrument are so great that they tend to eclipse his soulful and sophisticated singing voice, but any who might possibly have doubted his ability will do so no more upon hearing Heart to Heart. On this 1994 release, he joins pop-jazz balladeer Diane Schuur for ten surprising tracks. It is a very moody album, with the overall vibe being mainly of the drown-your-broken-heart-in-gin variety. Some of the string and synth arrangements come off as a little unnecessary, as the music is ably framed by piano, guitar, bass, and drums. However, producer Phil Ramone should be credited for minimizing the schmaltzy moments on Heart to Heart as much as possible, as the music is already treading the fine line between sentiment and drivel. The fine vocal performances by Schuur and King carry much of the music, but drummer Vinnie Colaiuta does the rest. Take, for example, "It Had to Be You." With Doug Katsaros' synth prominently displayed and with the band limping through a Vegas-style funk groove, the drummer's extreme sensitivity and chops enliven the track and not only make it listenable, but one of the high points of the record. Fans of King's blues work may be very surprised by how effectively he slips into the role of balladeer and pop interpreter. To be honest, he does it far more convincingly than Schuur.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/1994
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105976725
catalogNumber: 9767

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diane Schuur   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Gary Foster   Saxophone
Tom Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Karen Kamon   Background Vocals
Richard Todd   French Horn
Jill Dell'Abate   Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
George Graham   Trumpet
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Doug Katsaros   Synthesizer
Warren Luening   Trumpet
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Paul Viapiano   Guitar
Randy Waldman   Synthesizer,Piano

Technical Credits

Diane Schuur   Arranger
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Chuck Berghofer   Contributor
Vinnie Colaiuta   Contributor
Dave Grusin   Producer,Executive Producer
Joseph Doughney   Producer
Brian Ehrlich   Engineer
Lolly Grodner   Engineer
Don Hahn   Engineer
Doug Katsaros   Arranger
Michael Landy   Producer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Michael Pollard   Producer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Liner Notes
Larry Rosen   Producer,Executive Producer
Paul Viapiano   Contributor
Randy Waldman   Arranger,Contributor
Waldman   Contributor
Dan Wojar   Engineer
Dan Serrano   Art Direction
Hollis King   Art Direction

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