Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Heather Masse & Dick Hyman: Lock My Heart

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

One of the unique joys of jazz is how often, and how seamlessly, cross-generational artists mix. The May-December pairing of vocalist Heather Masse and legendary pianist Dick Hyman is a fine example. Though Masse is best known for her folk and bluegrass work with the Wailin’ Jennys and the Wayfaring Strangers, she is a New England Conservatory-trained jazz singer with a long-term interest in the Great American Songbook. She and Hyman met during a joint appearance on A Prairie Home Companion and immediately began planning this collaboration.

Across 10 standards, Masse exhibits impeccable phrasing and a lush sound that suggests the sensuousness of Sophie Milman shot through with somber, Sarah Vaughan threads. She has an enticing ability to float above each tune, her flight patterns favoring lazy circles and gentle roils, free of dramatic soars or swoops. Hyman responds with elegant accompaniment dotted with imaginative touches-a hint of doo-wop behind “Since I Fell for You,” the august suggestion of vast night skies on “Lost in the Stars,” half-contented sighs painted beneath “I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good).”

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published