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  • Audio CD (March 30, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005HEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on February 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Any album of standards tends to make me raise a skeptical eyebrow. As a good friend of mine recently said to me: "Does the world really need another version of 'Love For Sale'?"

My answer: normally, not really. But in this case, yes.

In fact, "Love for Sale" is on this c.d. Ms. Reeves hits 3 emotional tones in the intro to the song alone. Whether purring or roaring, Ms. Reeves can effectively create emotion on a dime. And she likewise breathes new life into "How High the Moon," another old chestnut, by singing it to a funkified Latin beat. Likewise, her cover of the set-ender, "For All We Know", is gorgeous and a reminder that this is really a great song that isn't sung often enough.

But what gets me in this set is her covers of obscure standards. IMO, her exquisite version of Stephen Sondheim's "I Remember Sky" is the highlight of the entire album. The Bergmans' "Like a Lover" is nearly that good; and McCoy Tyner's "You Taught My Heart to Sing" is a very sensitive read.

A saddening thought about this album: This album was released on Blue Note in 1991, when Dianne Reeves wasn't very well known. If a talented, unknown singer like Ms. Reeves were to approach Blue Note today, this album wouldn't be made (at least not by them). Blue Note has gone for the bucks; they are more interested in Al Green or Van Morrison than in neophyte jazz singers. That's not how it used to be. Albums like this used to be made. Ours is poorer for the loss. RC
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
dianne reeves must like a challenge. for 1991's "i remember" she selects songs associated with several members of the jazz pantheon: abbey lincoln, billie holiday, ella fitzgerald, sarah vaughan, and miles davis. reeves uses her total musicality to build upon, consolidate, and re-imagine the songs of her predecessors.
she ups the "afro" in the lincoln-asociated, "afro blue." lincoln, with then-husband max roach, was part of the first wave of jazz musicians to incorporate african culture (dress, rhythm, politics) into black american jazz not for "jungle" exotica, but to unify the black american fight for civil rights with africa's struggle to overthrow colonialism. reeves appropriately punctuates the ending of "afro blue" (a song which combines the political force of african identification with a sensuous poem of two lovers) with cries that take the listener straight to the continent.
cole porter's once-controversial "love for sale" poses interesting challenges to interpreting the holiday and fizgerald recordings that reeves fuses: holiday in the pale of her vocal powers and, surely, the throes of some legendary "my man don't love me" blues, fizgerald at the height of her adult "songbook" fame, yet still possessing that girl "-babe in the woods" voice and persona. shouting a gospel salvo for her introduction lends reeves's "love for sale" an earthiness listeners might not immediately associate with the unflappably cool, literate, and sophisticated prostitute portrayed (in varying ways) by holiday and fitzgerald. for all its energy, reeves' opening must have been near-effortless: her voice shows no signs of over-exertion when she returns for the lightly delivered head statement.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on July 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Her debut was a pairing of jazz standards and pop-flavored material, and her sophomore effort, the fabulous "Never Too Far," found her trying her hand at more R&B- and adult contemporary-flavored material. For her third release, "I Remember," Dianne Reeves takes us on a sentimental journey back in time to revisit some of her favorite standards.
The most immediately impressive element of the record is song selection; common chestnuts like "The Nearness of You" and "For All We Know" make appearances, but songs like "Afro Blue" and "Softly in a Morning Sunrise" are lush affairs that aren't recorded nearly enough, and the versions Dianne renders are of the highest order. "Afro Blue" is especially striking, with its juxtaposition of African rhythms and backing vocals against a jazzy soprano sax and lush piano. The energy of the track is undeniable, and the grand finale, with tom-toms and Reeves' high register galore, will inspire goosebumps in any true fan of jazz. The Stephen Sondheim ballad "I Remember Sky" is a chance for Dianne to show off and her fans to indulge; the grace and beauty of her voice has never been more apparent as she masterfully handles the wistful lyric. "Love for Sale" gets treated to a stirringly soulful intro before turning into a classic uptempo standard, and the Brazilian classic "Like a Lover" is here turned into an elegant duet for Dianne and guitarist Kevin Eubanks.
Throw in a unique reading of "How High the Moon" that goes from samba to swing and back again, as well as one of the most gorgeous readings of "You Taught My Heart to Sing" that you'll ever hear, and it's clear that we owe a debt to Dianne Reeves for authentically taking us back to a time that is sorely missed and isn't revisited nearly enough. "I Remember" will no doubt inspire many good memories of its own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kofi on January 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
4 1/2 stars for sound, 4 1/2 stars for performance. I've been a Dianne Reeves fan ever since I heard her sing "I've got it bad" on the Jazz Visions live performance "Echoes of Ellington" (Verve? 1987). I appreciate spare instrumentation with or without production polish; this album is an example of the latter. The singing and song selection are first rate (as you can easily hear from the sound samples). Comments on sound quality for the audiophiles: I forget whether or not Rudy Van Gelder recorded the whole album; he certainly recorded the last 4 or 5 songs. This second set of songs sounds noticeably better than the first set (they were recorded on a different day from the first set) and indeed, "Like a Lover" - with superb spare, tasteful accompaniment by Kevin Eubanks of old - and "You Taught My Heart to Sing" are reference quality that I use for evaluating imaging capability of audio equipment. Van Gelder captures well the full multi-octave expressive range of her voice on these cuts. I also own her earlier release "Dianne Reeves" on Bluenote which is also good but I reach for this one an order of magnitude more often.

Highly recommended!
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