by Sheila E.



Sheila E. has been one of music's top drummers and percussionists since her debut in Prince's band. Alongside her legendary father, Pete Escovedo, and as a solo performer, she continues to enjoy commercial as well as artistic success on such recordings as her year 2000 release on the Concord Vista label, titled Writes of Passage. This time around, the highly talented musician has followed up with Heaven. Created with a little help from her friends, including George Duke, Gerald Albright, and many more, Sheila E. adds her vocal, percussion, drum, producing, composing, and arranging skills and other cool tools to yet another jazz style. She's cool, yet beautifully orchestrated, but most of all, she has opened her musical treasure trove and delivered some new grooves, R&B-inflected vocals, smooth gospel, and funky jazz. The 12 compositions include seven either written or co-written by Sheila E., with a memorable percussion solo and miniMoog solos by Sheila E. and Byron Williams, respectively, on "Trust Me," and smooth jazz solos from saxophone master Gerald Albright and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. on the title track. "Bahia" is a Brazilian jazz composition with breezy vocals from Lynn Mabry and Sheila E., and is quite beautiful. Saxophonist Eddie M. closes the program with a beautiful, poignant smooth gospel song titled "Revelation." Heaven does not feature many of Sheila E.'s fiery, trademark Latin percussion jam sessions that she plays with the Escovedo family, but certainly delivers an assortment of musical styles -- R&B, smooth jazz, smooth gospel, Brazilian jazz, and funk -- and is remarkably different from anything she has done.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2001
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431498322
catalogNumber: 4983

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheila E.   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
George Duke   Mini Moog
Ray Obiedo   Guitar
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals
Eddie M.   Saxophone,Vocals
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
Mano Hanes   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Lynn Mabry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Michael   Vocals
Michael O'Neill   Guitar
Maurice Fitzgerald   Bass
Joey Woolfalk   Acoustic Guitar
Renato Neto   Keyboards
Rhonda Smith   Bass
Byron Williams   Organ,Keyboards,Mini Moog

Technical Credits

Pete Escovedo   Producer,Engineer,Art Direction
Sheila E.   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction
Mano Hanes   Producer,drum programming
Lynn Mabry   Arranger,Art Direction
Steven Parke   Digital Art
Renato Neto   Arranger
Byron Williams   Arranger
Nichole Nordeman   Composer

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Heaven 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sheila E. has delivered an incredible product with ''Heaven.'' It blends R&B and Jazz with suggestions of gospel and pop. And, my favorite part, Sheila sings on several of the tracks...listen to ''I Can Go On'' it's awesome! Many tracks are smooth and melodic...even inspirational. You won't be disappointed.