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Music Review: 'Heaven and Earth'

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Heaven and Earth

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Hiep Thi Le, Tommy Lee Jones, Joan Chen, Haing S. Ngor, Debbie Reynolds
director:
Oliver Stone
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
Oliver Stone
genre:
Drama, War

We gave it a B-

Except for the fusionish ”Whenever I Hear Your Name” and the two-part rendition of Miles Davis’ lyrical ”Blue in Green” (one slow and sparse, the other in Brazilian-inflected up-tempo), Al Jarreau’s new album, Heaven and Earth, his first studio effort in three years, finds the ingenious singer haphazardly jumping into the fountain of youth. Next time around, instead of scatting and crooning beautifully over saccharine slow jams and new-jack grooves unworthy of his expansive talent, perhaps he should stay closer to his pop-jazz roots.

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