Heaven and Earth (Al Jarreau album)

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Heaven and Earth
Al Jarreau Heaven and Earth cover.jpg
Studio album by Al Jarreau
Released June 22, 1992
Recorded 1991-1992
Genre Jazz, R&B, soul, dance-pop
Label Reprise Records
Producer Narada Michael Walden, Louis Biancaniello, Frank Martin

Heaven and Earth (Warner Bros. Records, 1992) is the 13th studio album by Al Jarreau. It was produced by Narada Michael Walden 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 (Skyler 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 (Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden)
  7. "Love of My Life" – 4:01 (Al Jarreau, Skyler Jett, Jennifer Miro, Narada Michael Walden)
  8. "If I Break" – 5:47 (Al Jarreau, Mike Mani, Narada Michael Walden)
  9. "(Blue in Green) Tapestry; The Dedication" – 2:53 (Miles Davis, Al Jarreau)
  10. "(Blue in Green) Tapestry; The Dance" – 3:27 (Miles Davis, Al Jarreau)

Two singles were released from the album: "Blue Angel" (R&B #74) and "It's Not Hard To Love You" (R&B #36).

Personnel[edit]

  • Al Jarreau – lead vocals, vocal arrangement (1), backing vocals (5, 6, 8)
  • Louis Biancaniello – keyboards (1-4, 7), drum programming (1, 2, 3, 7), programming (1, 2, 4, 7), horn arrangements (1), synthesizer (2, 7), synthesizer arrangement (3), Hammond B3 organ (3), Moog bass (3, 4, 5), synth horns (3), Fairlight CMI (3, 4), additional sampling (3), synth solo (4), drums (4), additional keyboards (8), additional programming (8)
  • Frank Martin – synthesizer arrangement (5), acoustic piano (5, 9, 10), piano solo (5), rhythm arrangement (6), string arrangements (6, 8, 9, 10), keyboards (6), synthesizer (6), flute (6), conductor (8, 9, 10)
  • Narada Michael Walden – drum, rhythm and vocal arrangements; drums (5, 6, 9, 10), tambourine (5), synthesizers (5), sequencing (5)
  • Mike Mani – synthesizer arrangement (8), keyboards (8), programming (8), Fairlight sequencing (8), drums (8)
  • Myron Dove – electric bass (1)
  • Joel Smith – electric bass (2, 7, 10)
  • Jeff Chambers – acoustic bass (9)
  • Vernon "Ice" Black – guitar (1)
  • Corrado Rustici – slide guitar (5)
  • Dan Higgins – saxophone (1)
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet (1)
  • Robbie Kwock – trumpet (5)
  • Marquinho Brasil – maracas (5)
  • Paul McCandless – oboe (8)
  • Claytoven Richardson – backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 7, 8), vocal arrangement (1)
  • Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Nikita Germaine – backing vocals (1, 7)
  • Sandy Griffith – backing vocals (1, 2, 7)
  • Skyler Jett – backing vocals (1, 2, 7, 8)
  • Chris Hawkins – backing vocals (2)
  • Jeanie Tracy – backing vocals (3)
  • Tony Lindsay – backing vocals (3, 6, 8)
  • Rebecca West – backing vocals (3)
  • Boni Bayer – backing vocals (7)

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