Heart Beats (Keystone Trio album)

Heart Beats is an album by the Keystone Trio – pianist John Hicks, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Idris Muhammad.

Heart Beats
Studio album by
Keystone Trio
RecordedDecember 4, 1995
StudioClinton Recording Studios, New York City
ProducerTodd Barkan
John Hicks chronology
Piece for My Peace
Heart Beats
Newklear Music


The trio of pianist John Hicks, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Idris Muhammad was assembled for a recording led by saxophonist Archie Shepp in 1995.[1] That session was produced by Todd Barkan for Venus Records.[2] He commented that "It was magic! A telepathy, balance, and cohesiveness that I rarely hear."[2]

Recording and music

The album was recorded at Clinton Recording Studios in New York City, on December 4, 1995.[3] Barkan was the producer.[2] Vocalist Freddy Cole was added for one track – "It Had to Be You".[4]


Heart Beats was released by Milestone Records.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[5]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz described the album as "piano-trio jazz of the very highest quality".[5] AllMusic concluded that "You're not going to find a better trio than this one, and even more impressive is that each tune seems to be just the right length, with no excess or filler."[4]

Track listing

  1. "Speak Low"
  2. "I Fall in Love Too Easily"
  3. "If I Should Lose You"
  4. "It Had to Be You"
  5. "How Deep Is the Ocean"
  6. "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered"
  7. "Dancing in the Dark"
  8. "Two Hearts"
  9. "Stay as Sweet as You Are"



  1. Huey, Steve "Keystone Trio". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  2. "Keystone Trio". Concord Music Group. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  3. "Keystone Trio Discography". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  4. Nastos, Michael G. "Keystone Trio – Heart Beats". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (7th ed.). Penguin. p. 908.
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