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Bridges

Dianne ReevesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 4, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BLUE NOTE
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000IP34
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After a spotty series of attempts at merging jazz with pop, Dianne Reeves creates a beautifully organic synthesis between the two on Bridges, which has all the makings (panache, innovation, accessibility) of a commercial breakthrough. Reeves thrives during a quintet of folk-jazz narratives midway through the disk, from a vivid take on Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" (set off by Kenny Garrett's human-cry soprano sax) to a wordless "Olokun" by pianist-arranger Billy Childs. In between are the delicately unfolding ballad "Goodbye" (an gorgeous, instant pop classic), a shimmering remake of Milton Nascimento's "Bridges" (anchored by a Nascimento-like acoustic guitar), and perhaps the best version of Joni Mitchell's "River" ever made. The fluid interplay and petulant sentiment of the back-porch blues tune "Mista" later provides a delicious change of pace. A blocky take on Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" and Reeves's sappy lyrics on "Testify" (marring a spare and spunky African-gospel rhythmic groove) prove that Bridges isn't perfect. But with sidemen like Garrett, pianist Mulgrew Miller, and bassist Reginald Veal on board for quality control, these lapses amount to minor quibbles about a sterling outing. --Britt Robson

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bridges" finds Reeves at the top of her game September 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
After more than a decade's worth of warm and organic jazz records that somehow seem perfect for an autumn day, how perfect that Dianne Reeves should appear on the cover of her latest record covered in leaves! And how wonderful that this far into her career she releases her most solid and satisfying work.
Reeves has never been known especially for turning other people's songs inside out (a la Cassandra Wilson), but her brilliant reworking of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" gets things off to a beautiful start. The ballads "I Remember" and "Goodbye" are subtle and eloquent pop; certainly the sort of material that adult contemporary stations will play to death if they have the foresight to discover them. And her reading of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" is as haunting a performance as you are likely to hear.
Dianne shakes things up a little in the second half of the disc; "Testify" layers both sung and spoken words simultaneously over an African- and jazz-inspired groove; the result is nothing short of hypnotic. Then there is "Mista," a simply perfect mixture of hip-hop, blues, and Bonnie Raitt-ish instrumentation. This song is a unique and rewarding venture for Reeves and hopefully it won't be her last.
The only less-than-shining moment is Dianne's reading of Joni Mitchell's "River," which would sound a lot better if Holly Cole hadn't done a darker, more gorgeous version just a couple of years earlier. And while Dianne's album "Art and Survival" was a braver and riskier release, "Bridges" is an immaculately-produced, brilliantly-arranged, and gorgeously-sung outing. Any fan of her warm vocal style can't ask for much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece December 30, 1999
By Bev
Format:Audio CD
Dianne has recorded several CDs that benchmark her growth as an artist. "I Remember" was such a benchmark. "Art and Surival" and "Quiet After The Storm" were too. But none of those stellar performances come close to her work on "Bridges."
This CD is beautifully produced, capturing the magic that has given her a reputation as an exceptional live performer. "Bridges" projects such warmth and confidence that certain songs take my breath away. With "I Remember", "Good-bye", "Bridges", and "Testify" I feel like she's my closest friend singing poems that were written for me. I guess this CD just sounds like home to me.
I am a longtime fan who has all of her CDs and has seen her in concert over a dozen times. Believe me, "Bridges" is Dianne's best work to date.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's jazzy enough for me. January 23, 2004
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Dianne Reeves is, with little argument, one of the great jazz singers of our time. She often strays from pure jazz into more popular songs, much to the dismay of jazz critics. But, when she produces music like the performances on "Bridges", who cares. It's jazzy enough for me. With her voice and the musicians she employs, she could put the telephone directory to music and make it sound wonderful. If you like Dianne Reeves, this cd will not disappoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bridges. May 11, 1999
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inhabiting a genre that is distinctly her own, dianne reeves has always seemed a synthesis of the best traits of artists from cassandra wilson to regina belle to tania maria. _bridges_ may well be the most polished expression of her unfathomable talent since _never too far_. the "bridges" metaphor is successfully carried throughout the album, either figuratively or literally, through songs like "suzanne", "bridges", "river" and "testify". a remake of peter gabriel's "in your eyes" respectfully translates the song for jazz enthusiasts. "i remember" is one of the album's hidden gems. though neither lyrically nor vocally groundbreaking, volumes of emotion are conveyed through its simlicity. reeves is a noble and fortunate artist, for producing the kind of music that pleases her (and others). this album is a wonderful follow-up to _that day_.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking December 11, 2007
By Ms. 90
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I can't get past playing "In Your Eyes." The arrangement of this song, coupled with Dianne's amazing vocals, is just - heck, I can't stop playing it. On those days that I manage to get past In Your Eyes, I remember how incredibly amazing the rest of this CD is. If Dianne never sings another song, let 'Suzanne' be the last one that comes out of her mouth. The lushness of River and Olokun just take you away to other worlds. Then Dianne jumps into the uptempo stylings of Testify, Mista, and 1863. Dianne finishes this disc with the calm and soothing Make Someone Happy. I'm telling you, in one word, this CD is truly Breathtaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maturity for the elightened December 21, 2005
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After laying my hands on this album, my whole life changed. I evolved from being a young boy to a mature responsible folk. From the lyrics to instruments it's amzing. I also like the fact that is a production of my man "George Duke". This album has the power to change your perspective!! When i'm listening to the album i feel like everybody is watching and they are witnessing evolution.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Bridges is what Dianne Reeves is all about.When you hear her voice you know you are there with her on the journey of a new day of self discovery.So Sweet The Journey.......When you learn to Love yourself ,accept yourself,forgive yourself, respect yourself,etc...... Each time she sings feel the spirit of all that you are.Thank you for a Love Supreme! This is what music is all about.
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Published 3 months ago by elisha harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest album ever! Totally inspired.
This entire album had not one unmotivated 'gotta listen to it over and over' cut. At one point even a band member comments on this recording session telling Ms. Reeves so himself. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cynthia Seasons
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too thrilling
The singers that I was brought up hearing in my era, i.e. Dakota Staten,Ella , Dinah Washington...etc her voice to me just does not move me
Published 12 months ago by Alfonza Wright Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dianne Reeves. *****
One of the best if not the best singers of Jazz out there. You'll love her e amazing voice as well as this CD.
Published on January 24, 2012 by gersh07
5.0 out of 5 stars New Album?!
I'm really confused... this was a new album 12 years ago. Yes, it is still an excellent, superb album. Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Eduardo A. L. Neto
4.0 out of 5 stars Dianne "Dukes" It Out
This review comes from the perspective of some one who knows producer George Duke better than singer Dianne Reeves, and this album has the sound and feel of a Duke production. Read more
Published on May 10, 2003 by N. D. A. Grie
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Listening.....
Listen to "Make Someone Happy." It just about sums up why this cd is WONDERFUL.
Published on March 23, 2002 by Renee
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best but still...
This CD was a disapointment to me. I just couldn't fall in love with it as I did her others. The work is not bad by no means. I can still admire the workmanship put in by all. Read more
Published on May 22, 2001 by Ken
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