About Lock My Heart:

Lock My Heart documents a session by brilliant young singer and songwriter Heather Masse (⅓ of the famed Wailin' Jennys) and jazz piano great Dick Hyman. Meeting on a 2010 Prairie Home Companion broadcast in New York, the two quickly discovered their sensibilities clicked and dove into this project. Artfully mixing Heather's originals with Tin Pan Alley classics from Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and the Gershwins, the album is a seamless blend of new and classic material. A pure acoustic recording featuring only Dick's masterful piano playing and Heather's impeccable vocals, this romantic release harkens back to a time when music was simply about beautiful songs and moving performances.

Lock My Heart
by Heather Masse and Dick Hyman


Track listing:

  1. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  2. Lullaby of Birdland
  3. Since I Fell For You
  4. Love is Here to Stay
  5. September Song
  6. Lost in the Stars
  7. Love For Sale
  8. If I Called You
  9. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
  10. A Flower is a Lovesome Thing
  11. Morning Drinker
  12. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (and Throw Away the Key)

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About Heather:

New York singer-songwriter Heather Masse grew up in rural Maine and began singing at an early age. Trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, she is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing folk, pop and bluegrass.

A member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin' Jennys, Heather has performed at the top venues, sharing the stage with the world's most acclaimed pop, classical and jazz acts, including Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. She has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, both as a solo performer and as a member of The Jennys. Heather has performed with the contemporary bluegrass band The Wayfaring Strangers, fiddle virtuoso Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing, and in 2006, recorded an album with Joy Kills Sorrow, a contemporary stringband. She also released Tell Me Tonight with the Brooklyn-based collaboration Heather & the Barbarians.

In 2008, Heather released Many Moons, an EP of jazz-inspired folk duets with pianist Jed Wilson. Releasing her first full-length album in 2009, she delivered Bird Song — her solo debut on Red House Records. The Wailin' Jenny's newest recording, Bright Morning Stars, also on Red House was released February 2011 and features original songs from all 3 members of the band and was awarded a Juno for best duo/roots group. Recently, Heather's song "Bird Song" from the same record won first prize in the duo/group category from the International Acoustic Music Awards.

This summer Heather welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world with her husband Ian named August Loyal Duncan. They make their home in the Catskill mountains in New York State.

About Dick:

As a kid growing up in New York, Dick Hyman was classically trained in piano by his uncle, the well-known concert artist Anton Rovinsky. Then he got hooked on jazz by listening to his brother's record collection — Art Tatum, Bix Beiderbecke, and other greats. Now his remarkable career as a composer, arranger, pianist, organist, and more spans six decades, with a résumé that includes scoring soundtracks for Woody Allen films like Zelig and The Purple Rose of Cairo. He has recorded well over 100 albums under his own name.

From the Prairie Home Companion archives

“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”:




“Lullaby of Birdland”:




Reviews

“lush, velvety vocals, capable of melting butter in a Siberian winter. An extraordinary pianist with great taste, in total command of a magnificent instrument.”
    — All Music

“An extraordinary pianist with great taste, in total command of a magnificent instrument.”
    — Jazz Times

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