Picks and Pans Review: Heart's Horizon

updated 01/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Al Jarreau

Here comes Mr. Dependable again. You know what you're getting with a Jarreau album: good songs of a pop-soul-jazz nature, tastefully played and arranged and sung in that wiry, disciplined, one-of-a-kind voice. This album, produced primarily by George Duke and Jay Graydon, has a little more beat-happy R & B sparkle than most. But as always with Jarreau, you get a variety pack. Yo'Jeans is a corker of an a cappella duo with Bobby McFerrin. One Way is a semisamba with some lovely background vocals from Marcy Levy. An elite corps of session men has been assembled for Heart's Horizon, including guitarists Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Landau and Earl Klugh, saxophonists Marc Russo and David Sanborn and drummers Ricky Lawson and John Robinson. Even on the songs that lack pizzazz, like All of My Love, you can just kick back and admire their musicianship and Jarreau's vocal technique. In the best of all possible nightclubs, this guy would be up on the bandstand in the spotlight. And he'd be singing songs much like these. (Reprise)

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