Personnel: Earl Klugh (acoustic, electric & high string nylon guitars); Greg Phillinganes (piano, electric piano, Clavinet); Mickey Roquemore (piano, Clavinet); Darryl Dybka (electric piano); Phil Upchurch (electric guitar);
Hubie Crawford, Charles Meeks (acoustic & electric bass); Roland Wilson (electric bass); Victor Lewis, Gene Dunlap (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Producer: Earl Klugh.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York in October & November 1978.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit mapping.
Personnel: Earl Klugh (guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar); Phil Upchurch (guitar, electric guitar); Greg Phillinganes (electric piano, Clavinet, keyboards); Daryl Dybka (electric piano); Mickie Roaquemore (Clavinet); Hubie Crawford, Charles Meeks (electric bass); Gene Dunlap , Victor Lewis (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios (10/1978-11/1978).
Photographer: Bob Cass.
Guitarist Earl Klugh was pioneering "smooth jazz" long before the media had ever given it a name. His highly polished fingerpicking and relaxed grooves were the template by which later artists would create the adult contemporary phenomenon that would forever change the climate of contemporary instrumental music.
His tastefully self-produced HEART STRING is a testament to the guitarist both as a musician and a stylist. Sticking mostly to acoustic and nylon-string guitars, Klugh weaves sparkling melodies and slick, yet brief solos over funky mid-tempo grooves flavored with electric keyboards and dramatic strings. Though jazz purists may frown on Klugh's highly commercial stylistic trappings, it's undeniable that he's a consummate arranger, orchestrator and guitarist capable of attractive sonic textures and intricate melodic invention. Highlights include the soothing title track, the flavorful "Spanish Night," and Klugh's short solo ballad "Waiting for Cathy."