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The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan

Dianne ReevesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000056NVB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the wake of the sometimes uneven live album In the Moment, Diane Reeves returns in exceptional form with a concept album, The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan. A tribute to one of jazz's legendary heroines, The Calling catches the many moods of the singer who became known simply as Sassy, delving into songs the jazz great popularized, including "Lullaby of Birdland" and "Send in the Clowns." On "Lullaby," Reeves summons Sassy's ghost with familiar phrasing and a majestic, powerful delivery. But it is on the lesser-known Vaughan numbers that Reeves really excels, making the standards her own. "Obsession" was recorded by Vaughan on her final album, 1987's Brazilian Romance. Reeves explores the emotional vehicle like an eagle, soaring grandly over surging orchestral accompaniment. Reeves then changes mood with an intimate cocktail version of "If You Could See Me Now" that includes a graceful piano solo by Mulgrew Miller. "I Remember Sarah" recalls the self-involved "The First Five Chapters" from Reeves's In the Moment album, but again, the outstanding full orchestra (featuring Billy Childs, Greg Hutchinson, Russell Malone, and George Duke) is so inspired and lush that it's impossible to remain unmoved. Reeves also offers a splendid, bopping, Afro Cuban version of "Fascinatin' Rhythm." Other Vaughan favorites include a lusciously swinging reading of "Key Largo," and a delightful take on "I Hadn't Anyone Till You," with Clark Terry humorously joining in. Again, this recalls Vaughan in her swinging, stunning prime. Reeves is obviously no Sarah Vaughan clone, but by surrounding herself with gloriously realized orchestral accompaniment and Sassy's indelible songs, she both pays respect and sets herself apart. --Ken Micallef

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Send in Dianne Reeves - tribute to "The Divine One"! February 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Be prepared to have the thrill of your life, as Dianne Reeves takes -
"The Divine One" Sarah Vaughan to the next level. This is one awesome
tribute to an artist who had all the dynamics of what life had to
bring if you were a female singer during those troubled times.

Each one of these jewels spells the haughty or down-home, bossy or
shy, diva-like or painfully insecure, had it all and was really hard
when she had to be, maybe hardest on herself - Sarah Vaughan.
one singer could do her justice - Dianne Reeves, who in her own right
has all the God-given-talent to stand tall in the studio, front of
this magnificent orchestra, delivering effortlessly on each track
flawless performances touching on every phase of Vaughan's
Of course there are stand outs - "LULLABY OF
BIRDLAND" (George Shearing/Forster), classic tune and this
classic interpretation by Dianne..."SEND IN THE CLOWNS"
(Stephen Sondheim), Dianne and Billy Childs pay homage to Sarah
without imitating her, completely reconceived the song, slow dramantic
aria expressing Vaughan's darkest fears..."I HADN'T ANYONE 'TIL
YOU" (Ray Noble), Dianne's sly, sexy vocal, have the low-down
swing of Vaughan's (1981) recording with the Count Basie orchestra -
trumpeter Clark Terry, Dianne's early mentor - adds his familiar
"mumbles" and a one hot solo.
And the the highlight -
"SPEAK LOW" (Kurt Weill/Nash), sensual wordless opening,
completely mesmirizing with haunting over-tones that will stay with
you for a long time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CALLING IS DEFINITELY WORTH THE HEARING!! May 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing CD - brilliant and heart-wrenching and powerful. From the very first song Dianne puts her unique spin on some of Sarah's best-loved songs, or songs she would've dug in a BIG way, and makes them her own. Dianne sings mostly full-throated, like Sassy - but her ever nimble voice is capable of a LOT more, and out it comes!
The band is magnificent as well. The imaginative arrangements by Billy Childs are reminiscent of Gil Evans's and Gerry Mulligan's work, and Childs takes reharmonization of the old "standards" to a thrilling new place. The two charts by Robert Freedman are fascinating as well - the chart for I HADN'T ANYONE 'TIL YOU being a Neil Hefti-inspired groove ala LIL' DARLIN'. I personally found Clark Terry's mumblings disruptive and unwarranted, but the more I listen, the more I can deal with it.
One could make the case that some of this doesn't really qualify as "jazz", since so much here is NOT improvised - especially the last cut, A CHAMADA, a wordless tone poem - but it sure is great MUSIC! This CD has my vote for Best CD of 2001, so far!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not so Sassy March 16, 2001
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While Dianne Reeves is an exceptional singer (near flawless) and can "scat" perhaps better than "Sassy" herself, many of the arrangements on this album left me flat. One of the nicest things about listening to many of the great Sarah Vaughan recordings is that wonderful and intimate "live in the club" sound that even her studio recordings have. On "The Calling" many of the tunes were over processed by the studio, (even most of her breaths are edited out) and include excessive instrumentation that only gets in the way of Dianne Reeves wonderful voice. On some tunes her voice is actually buried by the orchestra's dynamics.
Some of the songs on this CD are not "fresh" or "innovative" versions of Sassy's music. For example, the arrangement of Sarah Vaughan's classic rendition of Lullaby of Birdland is a bit much. The arrangers approach to this tune was to simply take Sarah Vaughans intro scat riff as originally recorded, and literally beat it to death throughout the song. Alright, now everybody say bah ba bah ba bop bop bop do ahhh.....!!!! The CD's big band version of Sarah Vaughan's wonderful and intimate rendition of Key Largo did not do it for me either. Sassy recorded Key Largo with only two (2) instruments, Barney Kessel (guitar), and Joe Comfort (bass). If you like that tune seek out the record " Sarah Plus Two". It is wonderful.
On the tunes Fascinating Rhythm, and Embracable You, Dianne fights back and shows that she really is the one who deserves to wear "Sassy's Crown". On Fascinating Rhythm her scatting is true Sarah Vaughn. Dianne's intimate and romantic approach to Embracable You perhaps surpasses her.
While this CD does not "take Sarah Vaughan to the next level", as one reviewer said, it certainly rates among the best of what is available in jazz today. As a singer, I will always give Dianne Reeves five (5) stars, she is one of the best. The album gets three.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Generation's Best Jazz Vocalist June 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Dianne Reeves covers an astonishing range of moods and styles in this very impressive recording. Her incredible talent shines through on every song. Her inimitable scat on "Fascinatin' Rhythm" is worth the cost of the album, and the band came through with an inspired performance behind her.
If you are a died-in-the-wool devotee of Sarah Vaughan, as some of the other reviewers of the album obviously are, then you might be disappointed; but if you like great jazz, and are willing to listen with open ears to interesting takes on Sassy's repertoire, you will be delighted by this great work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dianne Reeves is Sensational
Well all I can say is I am really happy with this CD. Dianne Reeves is one of my absolute favorites and I love the fact she put out an album honoring Sarah Vaughan, a jazz icon. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tahoerabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars "If You Could See Me Now...You'd Find Me Being Brave...And Trying...
"The Calling is a celebration of The Divine One, as she was called by Dianne Reeves, a younger singer who shares many of Vaughan's gifts: a gleaming, pitch-perfect voice, a... Read more
Published on June 7, 2007 by Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue*
5.0 out of 5 stars Soaring and splendid!
This album makes me dream... of performing with a glorious symphony orchestra, of conveying freedom and unrestrained joy with the human voice, of hunkering down in a recording... Read more
Published on April 17, 2007 by Alexa Weber Morales
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic
I listened to this CD over and over when I first got it. The combined high level of artistry and entertainment value is downright inspiring. Read more
Published on November 6, 2006 by Know Show
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great cd
I am not a big fan of Sarah but, this is great. Reeves sounds great, music is outstanding on my bose sound deck. Reeves stay true to herself on this one. I am glad she did this. Read more
Published on January 27, 2006 by K. Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy Would Be Proud
I can't possibly imagine why anyone would want to perform a rendition of classics and fail to make them their own. Read more
Published on July 12, 2004 by michael johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Sensational
I went to a concert recently at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (a beautiful hall BTW, arguably moreso than Carnegie) which I had learned Dianne Reeves was scheduled to... Read more
Published on July 3, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Calling" May Be The Best I Ever Heard.
I can't remember when I have been struck by a CD like this.
Dianne Reeves is at the top of her game: It just comes rolling out of her: Sassy her own way, and big time! Read more
Published on December 16, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Reeves in Excellent form!!!!!
I bought this disc expecting nothing but excellence and I was not dissapointed. For those who are expecting a replication of Sassy this is not for you. Read more
Published on March 3, 2002 by Ernest L. HIckman, Jr.
As much as I love Ms Reeves Sarah is just a cut above all of them, so anyone trying to attempt the songs the way sassy did them is gonna fall way way way short, especially on the... Read more
Published on May 30, 2001 by Mr. Anthony W. Harden
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