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This review is from: The Best of Dianne Reeves (Audio CD)
A few years ago ( and with an ex-girlfriend who shall remain nameless! ) I saw Dianne Reeves with Take 6 at the Kennedy Center here in Wash. D.C. And while I found the entire show extremely enjoyable the highlight of the evening came about when Ms. Reeves tackled a selection called " Better Days " a nostalgic, soulful look back at the joys of being young, insatiably curious and ultimately impatient when waiting for tomorrow and what it might bring ( who said youth is wasted on the young! ). Anyway, once the song ended there may not have been a dry eye in the house.... but don't misunderstand me. Unlike other singers who tend to rely on cheap sentimentilism to get their point across Ms. Reeves simply sings in a fashion that relays the songs almost wistful manner in a style that is filled with hope and a fond rememberance of things past ( sorry Marcel Proust! ). Plus, she wisely lets the listener decide how to relate to the lyrics wonderfully nostalgic theme. So, due to the power of her performance that night I ran to my local record store and purchased her debut cd. Obviously, I was not disappointed in my rash decision and, although many years and musical tastes have come and ultimately vanished, I'm still a huge fan of this incredibly talented yet also undeniably first-rate jazz singer.
Singing in a fashion that is at once traditional, soulful and extremely honest Dianne Reeves projects perhaps what is truly best in a jazz singer that is at once mature and thoughtful when displaying her craft. Whether doing standards such as " Love For Sale " or " Misty ", which by the way was so good I found it even better than Sarah Vaughns ( sorry! ), she exudes a real sense of professionalism that I simply will never get enough of. Her heartfelt rendition of Stephen Sondheim's " I Remember Sky " is at once tender, gentle and ultimately heartbreaking in it's simplicity. Still she is capable of much more than just that though when she tackles " Afro Blue " ( which I think is a Coltrane composition....I could be wrong! ) an amazing mid-tempo, exotic number that allows her to 'stretch out' a little by adding some mean percussion ( giving the song real 'muscle' ) thus adding a wonderfully different taste to her already slightly eclectic catalogue. What the heck....I truly enjoyed everything here and whether you are a fan of jazz singing or not ( and it's simply impossible to catagorize Dianne in just one genre ) there really is something here for everyone. No matter where your tastes may lie! By adding ingredients into her singing such as Jazz, Soul, Gospel and even a little Scat! Ms. Reeves makes each song here an hodge-podge of flavors that I find very tasty and makes me ponder that perhaps I should eat out more often! A delicious helping of Dianne Reeves should be on every music lover's daily diet as far as I am concerned ( with all apologies to Julia Child! ).
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