Heaven and Earth (Al Jarreau album)

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Heaven and Earth
Al Jarreau Heaven and Earth cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 1992
StudioTarpan Studios, San Rafael, California
GenreVocal jazz, R&B
Length46:59
LabelReprise
ProducerNarada Michael Walden, Louis Biancaniello, Frank Martin

Heaven and Earth is the 13th studio album by Al Jarreau. It was produced by Narada Michael Walden[1] and Louis Biancaniello. The album won Jarreau the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male in 1993. Essentially a collection of R&B songs produced with the artist's jazz and pop sensibilities in mind, Heaven and Earth contains a two-part cover of the Miles Davis tune "Blue in Green," from Davis's Kind of Blue, that demonstrates Jarreau's considerable prowess as a vocal interpreter and scat singer.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What You Do to Me" – 4:35 (Larry Batiste, Louis Biancaniello, Claytoven Richardson, Narada Michael Walden)
  2. "It's Not Hard to Love You" – 6:11 (Sally Jo Dakota, Skyler Jett, Kevin Walden, Narada Michael Walden)
  3. "Blue Angel" – 5:08 (Jett, Jennifer Miro, Narada Michael Walden)
  4. "Heaven and Earth" – 4:27 (Louis Biancaniello, Linda Biancaniello)
  5. "Superfine Love" – 5:24 (Louis Biancaniello, Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden)
  6. "Whenever I Hear Your Name" – 5:28 (Cohen, Walden)
  7. "Love of My Life" – 4:01 (Jarreau, Jett, Miro, Walden)
  8. "If I Break" – 5:47 (Jarreau, Mike Mani, Walden)
  9. "(Blue in Green) Tapestry; The Dedication" – 2:53 (Miles Davis, Jarreau)
  10. "(Blue in Green) Tapestry; The Dance" – 3:27 (Davis, Jarreau)

Personnel[edit]

  • Al Jarreau – vocals
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet
  • Robbie Kwock – trumpet
  • Dan Higgins – saxophone
  • Paul McCandless – oboe
  • Louis Biancaniello – keyboards, drum programming
  • Frank Martin – piano, keyboards
  • Vernon "Ice" Black – guitar
  • Corrado Rustici – slide guitar
  • Myron Dove – bass guitar
  • Joel Smith – bass guitar
  • Jeff Chambers – double bass
  • Mike Mani – keyboards, drums
  • Narada Michael Walden – drums
  • Marquinho Brasil – maracas
  • Boni Boyer – backing vocals
  • Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals
  • Nikita Germaine – backing vocals
  • Sandy Griffith – backing vocals
  • Chris Hawkins – backing vocals
  • Skyler Jett – backing vocals
  • Tony Lindsay – backing vocals
  • Claytoven Richardson – backing vocals
  • Jeanie Tracy – backing vocals
  • Rebecca West – backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Narada Michael Walden
  • Co-Producers – Louis Biancaniello (Tracks #1 & 4) and Frank Martin (Tracks #9 & 10).
  • Associate Producer (Track #6) – Frank Martin
  • Production Coordination – Janice Lee and Kelly McRae
  • Project Coordinatior – Robby Scharf
  • Engineered and Mixed by David Frazer at Tarpan Studios (San Rafael, CA).
  • Assistant Engineer – Jeff Gray
  • Additional Engineering – Marc Reyburn
  • Art Direction – Deborah Norcross
  • Photography – Merlyn Rosenberg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Heaven and Earth". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 October 2018.