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Beautiful Life

Dianne ReevesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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DIANNE REEVES is among the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. In her first studio album in five years, Reeves delivers what is destined to become a soul-jazz classic. The album, Beautiful Life, also marks a new relationship with Concord Records —which is not entirely new: Reeves was featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated “Good Night, and Good ... Read more in Amazon's Dianne Reeves Store

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B00EP2NYZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Want You [feat. Sean Jones]
2. Feels So Good (Lifted) [feat. George Duke, Nadia Washington]
3. Dreams [feat. Robert Glasper]
4. Satiated (Been Waiting) [feat. Gregory Porter]
5. Waiting In Vain [feat. Lalah Hathaway]
6. 32 Flavors
7. Cold
8. Wild Rose [feat. Esperanza Spalding]
9. Stormy Weather [feat. Tineke Postma]
10. Tango
11. Unconditional Love (For You)
12. Long Road Ahead [feat. Grégoire Maret]

Editorial Reviews

There should be no overlooking Beautiful Life, a journey of 12 songs which includes singularly memorable covers of Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain," Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" and Ani DiFranco's self-empowering "32 Flavors." Included in the rest of the tracks, which cover the spectrum from jazz to soul, are two new songs "Cold" and "Satiated" which are emotionally volcanic. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life features an all-star cast that includes bassists Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona, vocalists Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway, pianists Robert Glasper and Gerald Clayton and Reeves cousin and frequent longtime collaborator George Duke.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Good in So Many Ways! November 1, 2013
By S. Mar
Format:Audio CD
It's not too often that I purchase something that is playing on rotation over the CD shop PA system, without knowing anything about its contents, but that is what happened when I heard this permeating the store. Dianne Reeves has had a plethora of great recordings ranging from jazz, soul to international music, and this is an added achievement. Terri Lynn Carrington produced this album, and her taste and influence expands, luckily for us. Reeves' cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams, Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain", and that chestnut "Stormy Weather" are among the highlights - she breathes new life into these songs. (Haven't you heard great songs, that you wonder if they would sound even better, if they were interpreted differently, by a more capable singer?) "Tango" provides a bit of Latin flavor. Stellar support is provided by Gerald Clayton, Robert Glaspar, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Gregory Porter, Lilah Hathaway, and the late, great George Duke - 'nuff said! Those who love jazz, soul, and vocals should not miss this.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Finally! Dianne Reeves's first new album in over 5 years, and it's one of her best, on par with my all time favorite, 1999's "Bridges".

If you know Dianne Reeves, then you probably don't need me to tell you her voice only grows more magnificent as the years pass. You probably don't need to read another person comparing her to Sarah Vaughan, or to point out how astonishing her ability to improvise is. Really, the only question when a new album comes out is about what songs she'll include, and how good the arrangements will be.

After hearing her go through a phase where she focused too heavily on overdone jazz standards with straightforward arrangements, here we have Dianne Reeves back in her purest, most perfect form: crossing musical genres with abandon, incorporating popular songs never attempted in a jazz vein before, soaring over original and creative arrangements, expressing deeply held personal philosophies and beliefs through her lyrics.

It's wonderful to hear Dianne returning to more eclectic, personal material as she had done earlier in her career. About half the songs are written or co-written by Dianne herself, with the rest coming from musicians as diverse as Bob Marley, Stevie Nicks and Ani DiFranco. As with all of her best music, Dianne completely reinvents these songs with a jazz sensibility and a soulfulness that, for me, far outshines the original versions. Just take a listen to what she does with Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" for one example.

The only criticism I have is that I could have done without "Stormy Weather", the only jazz standard included. It's also the longest track, taken at a dirge-like tempo, and while it's performed artfully, does the world really need yet another version of this song?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold and Fine Texture February 12, 2014
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Love this album. Like a colorful and beautiful butterfly.
Excellent coordination and produce, Terri Lyne Carrington.
Also, Miss you, George Duke...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want beautiful music? This is it! February 19, 2014
By Angel
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This is just rare and beautiful music at a time when loud and empty rules the airwaves. Her voice, the lyrics, the instruments all come together so nicely. I'm tempted to buy two hard copies to put in a vault somewhere just in case we humans forget what truly beautiful music sounds like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding CD February 17, 2014
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I am not clear why someone would criticize this CD. I saw Ms. Reeves at Lincoln Jazz Center last Saturday and the second half of her show she featured the sounds from It's a Beautiful life, it was quite an experience. I loved all of the songs from the CD, but especially enjoyed the Marvin Gaye song, I Want You and the Bob Marley song , Waiting in Vain. While this CD is a different style of music from her past strictly Jazz CD's, this CD includes R&B, Caribbean and Blues elements to the songs, but she still maintains an element of Jazz in all of the songs. Outstanding CD, one that we will play over an over again.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry! February 26, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Based on the other reviews posted, I know I am in the minority,but I find this cd so boring as to be unlistenable. I have all of Dianne's cds and I have seen her in concert several times. I consider myself a fan. This release had a 70s smooth jazz vibe that is hard to listen to. Dracula could not have sucked the life out of Stormy Weather to the extent that Dianne and co. do. I can't find one redeeming thing to say about this monotonous mess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dianne Reeves is back March 13, 2014
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This is just great music. I've been a Dianne Reeves fan for many years now, but this record blows all of her previous music away. The musicians are great, the writing is outstanding, and the choice of music is so diverse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL LIFE WAS WORTH THE WAIT!! March 8, 2014
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I am a HUGE Diane Reeves fan!!
The CD is true to her smooth inn vocative styling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great CD
If you are Dianne fan, you will love this CD. Great music. esperanza spaulding is also on this. good musicians on all the songs! love, love, love this CD!
Published 3 days ago by troutpaws
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I really enjoy this CD. Hearing songs through a different artist gives it a different feel, and Diane Reeves is an excellent interpreter in my opinion given the songs on this CD.
Published 3 days ago by Evie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Life fabulous from beginning to end
I am a Diane Reeves fan, and she does no wrong . Love it love it Waiting for the next album
Published 7 days ago by M. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Act from a Five Star Lady
Love it...Love her...always classy...always awesome...

I love the original version of Dreams and no disrespect to Ms. Stevie...Ms. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mildred J Williams , MW
5.0 out of 5 stars Dianne is always awesome
I've followed this great lady for quite some time and she never disappoints! Can't wait to see her live somewhere soon.
Published 9 days ago by Anthony Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars She is one of the Best to ever do it!
I enjoyed some of her takes on some already classic music. and her collabs truly showcased all artists involved.
get THis CD
Published 14 days ago by Jamaal
4.0 out of 5 stars AT HER BEST
This was another CD I must have in my collection. I loved the wonder sound & story telling with a balance of various music styles.
Published 14 days ago by Barnett Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Life---truly beautiful music
I have always been a big Diane Reeves fan, and this new project has clearly exceeded my expectations. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Colethia W Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Dianne Reeves but not wild about this recent CD
I heard Dianne sing for the first time in real life a year ago at the Berklee Performance Center here in Boston. It was a stellar live concert showing Ms. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Carolyn Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music!
Wonderful blend of classic jazz with a dash of new school! Ms. Reeves is just awesome!
Tango is my Favorite!
Published 25 days ago by Mrs. H
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