Lock My Heart

Heather Masse and Dick Hyman

Red House Records, 2013


REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Heather Masse and Dick Hyman may have been born 55 years apart, but now, they have joined their talents to release the album Lock My Heart.

Dick Hyman began his career before World War II. His first claim to fame came after his release from the U.S. Army when he served as the pianist for Benny Goodman’s Orchestra. Since then, he has worked as an arranger, composer, producer, and an artist who has been involved with well over 100 albums both as a solo artist, with his own band, and as a guest.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Heather Masse studied jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music and then joined the Canadian folk trio, The Wailin’ Jennys. She first came into contact with Hyman on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion when they performed “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good.”

On this disc, the pair wisely keeps the album simple. It is just Hyman’s piano and Masse’s voice. Except for two original compositions by Masse, most of the material is taken from The Great American Songbook, which they translate here in a light jazz format.

Hyman has been a pianist for most of his life and he may not be as limber as he was several decades ago, but he is more than adequate on these tunes. He is still able to interpret the music and provide a good foundation for Masse’s vocals. He has the experience to give the music a personal feel but is also wise enough to not interfere with the vocals.

 Masse has a voice that fits these light jazz classics well. Songs such as Rogers & Hart’s “Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered,” Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale,” and the Gershwin’s “Love Is Here To Stay” are simple and subtle renditions of these well-known classics. They also take Buddy Johnson’s 1940s blues ballad “Since I Fell For You” and move it over to a jazz translation.

Masse wrote two original songs for the album. The beautiful love song “If I Called You” and “Morning Drinker” fit in well with the rest of the tracks.

A chance meeting in a studio has led to a relaxed and very good album. So put some wood on the fire, grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and give this release a listen.

Rating: B

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