Classics: Mr Fingers – What About This Love (Alleviated Music)
Larry Heard got given the Mr Fingers nickname from the way he plays keyboards and synths. A composer responsible for classics who contributed giving shape to the Deep House, he left Robert Owens in charge of the vocal parts. This when appearing under the Fingers Inc. guise along with Ron Wilson.
He eventually came to sing under his own banner though. Such as on this smooth jazzy joint which he first released back in 1989 on his own Alleviated Music label. Eventually including it on his ‘Introduction’ album that saw the light 3 years after on MCA…
‘What About This Love’ displays all the ingredients that made Larry Heard‘s music like no one else’s. From the subtlety of its arrangements to the sweetness of its atmospheres. With that typical pinch of melancholia…
A native of Chicago, IL, Larry Heard pretty much found his influences while listening to Jazz. But also in labels such as Motown, Philadelphia International Records and Salsoul.
One could first hear him back at the end of the 70’s as a drummer of a local band along with a certain Adonis. Meawhile working as a benefit authorizer for the US Government allowed him to buy his first studio equipment.
A “musicholic”, Larry released music under quite a bunch of different guises. Beginning with his own name but also Mr. Fingers. But also as Fingers Inc. along with singer Robert Owens and Ron Wilson. Or The It with Harry Dennis. This giving birth to an impressive series of timeless masterpieces. With the man seen as the genitor of Deep House, no less…
Among his most famous gems, the mythic ‘Can You Feel It’… Originally an instrumental that would soon after incorporate Martin Luther King‘s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. But also cuts such ‘Donnie’ then ‘Rainforest Serenade’ as The It. ‘Mystery Of Love’ and ‘Bring Down The Walls’ as Fingers Inc. Not to mention ‘Washing Machine’ and ‘What About This Love’ as Mr Fingers. Eventually securing a record deal with a major company (MCA). Out of which would come the 1992 ‘Introduction’ album featuring extra smoothies such as ‘Closer’, ‘On A Corner Called Jazz’ and ‘On My Way’.
Strangely enough, this absolute genius never got the recognition he truly deserved. Which didn’t get him from keepin’ on doin’ music along with time. This in addition to outstanding remixes carrying his unique signature. From ‘Il parlait pas Français’ for Hanna Hais back in 2002 to ‘Think Of You’ for Dino & Terry 2 years after. Or, more recently, ‘Take A Chance’ for Kai Alcé featuring Rico + Kafele Bandele among others.