Vince Benedetti / Diana Krall – Heartdrops

Vince Benedetti and Diana KrallVince Benedetti
meets Diana Krall
Heartdrops
(Montreux Jazz – 2003)
by Ray Redmond

In 1988 Vince Benedetti was living and performing in Switzerland when he first heard an unknown singer named Diana Krall at a hotel bar. Thinking she was just the thing he needed for his group, he asked her to join them for their upcoming European tour. She did, and afterward this CD was recorded but never released. Three years later Krall burst onto the national U.S. scene and became one of the biggest selling jazz artists ever, prompting the release of this hidden gem. Featuring seven original tracks by Benedetti, Diana steals this CD showing the talent and energy that later catapulted her to fame. The duet on Sunshine Express is lilting and hamonious.

Detroit Blues sways and struts with Vince’s funky synth and Diana’s smooth vocals. There’s some nice work by guitarist Martien Oster here as well. Pay particular attention to My Love which is pre-classic Diana; strong and sultry with great piano licks. Two of the tracks are offered in both long and ‘radio edit’ version, so hopefully this great CD will get some air play.

Leave a Reply

JazzUSA Merchandise
BlackUSA History

W.C. Handy Songwriter and band leader [...]

Redd Foxx Comedian, actor [...]

Jean-Michel Basquiat Painter [...]

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania First historically Black College [...]

Fritz Pollard First black All-American running back [...]

Spelman college Founded [...]

Nelson Mandela leader of movement for democracy [...]

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and brie [...]

Roger Arliner Young First African American woman Ph.D. in zoology [...]

Ernest Everest Just First African American Ph.D. in both physiology and zoology [...]

Alfred Oscar Coffin First African American to obtain a Biological Science Doctor of Philosophy [...]

Muriel O. Farmer one of the First Black Women graduates of John Marshall Law School [...]

First black Masonic Lodge Lodge founded [...]

Thamos Fast Waller Jazz pianist and composer [...]

Johnson holds over 20 patents and created the popular toy, the Super Soaker water gun that has gross [...]