Gordon Chambers
August 07, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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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