Picks and Pans Review: Heart to Heart

updated 07/11/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Diane Schuur, B.B. King

Initially it may not have read like the most adroit pairing—the clean, clear voice of scat woman Schuur and the rough-hewn sound of King. On second thought, it makes perfect sense: Both are virtuosos who don't like to hold anything back. Sometimes, though, you wish they would. While the King of Blues and the woman some consider the heiress apparent to Sarah Vaughan frequently raise a lovely royal racket, there are moments in "I Can't Stop Loving You" where the two almost seem to be in the midst of a shouting match. And however much they make "Glory of Love" soar, Schuur's vocal pyrotechnics seem self-indulgent. Heart to Heart is most successful when the two performers keep things simple, when they appear to be singing to each other rather than for each other. "You Don't Know Me" and most particularly "At Last"—with King showing himself to be quite the balladeer—are two soul-stirring cases in point. (GRP)

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