Little Moonlight

A Little Moonlight

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by Dianne Reeves
     
 
A recording that finally placed all of Dianne Reeves’s best attributes as a singer upfront, A Little Moonlight won the acclaimed vocalist a well-deserved 2004 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Accompanied by a sharp trio featuring the pianist Peter Martins, (with guest appearances by trumpeter Nicholas Payton and guitarist Rumarao Lumbamo), Reeves indulged

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A recording that finally placed all of Dianne Reeves’s best attributes as a singer upfront, A Little Moonlight won the acclaimed vocalist a well-deserved 2004 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Accompanied by a sharp trio featuring the pianist Peter Martins, (with guest appearances by trumpeter Nicholas Payton and guitarist Rumarao Lumbamo), Reeves indulged herself with quality material ranging from such classics as “You Go to My Head,” “We’ll Be Together Again,” “Skylark,” and “I Concentrate on You” to Thelonious Monk’s “Reflections” (with words fitted to the memorable melody by Jon Hendricks). Throughout, Reeves is totally in her element. Although this versatile singer can successfully pull off choice pop music, she sounds most comfortable in a solid jazz and standards setting. This is the atmosphere that A Little Moonlight provides in abundance. It’s the kind of project that Reeves fans have been waiting for, and one that could potentially bring a new flock of fans over to this gifted artist.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
With the meteoric success of Norah Jones' debut in the early 2000s, the message was clear: there's a real hunger for straightforward tunes with minimal froufrou. Jones' producer, Arif Mardin, has assembled another likely hit with A Little Moonlight, a collection of appealing standards. Empathically supported by Dianne Reeves' working trio, every track showcases her exceptionally rich and lovely instrument. Although longterm fans may consider her a bit subdued, her soulfulness is very much in evidence, and her voice, as always, goes down like mulled wine. There are samples of her trademark whimsical scatting, especially on the charming opener, "Loads of Love," "I'm All Smiles," and the grin-inducing "What a Little Moonlight Can Do." "I'm All Smiles" features a fine solo by the excellent pianist Peter Martin, who, like Ruben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson, is terrific throughout. Peaks include two delicious duos with guest Romero Lubambo, the elegant Brazilian guitarist who's been on her last four albums: the airy "I Concentrate on You" and the yearning "Darn That Dream." Reeves' inspired pairing with Nicholas Payton on "You Go to My Head" has the intimate feel of closing time at a jazz club: the patrons are gone, the chairs are stacked on the tables, but the musicians still have something urgent and deeply personal to say. Even when the trio joins in, the after-hours atmosphere endures, with Payton scrolling around Reeves' lines and taking a magnificently misty solo. In "We'll Be Together Again," Reeves evokes the ghost of Sarah Vaughan -- another purely musical singer gifted with a flexible, velvety voice and soulful, natural phrasing. Double Grammy-winner Reeves had long been a genre-buster, so this straight-ahead album is a precedent for her; accessible and thoroughly enjoyable, it will undoubtedly gain her a whole new audience, while staying true to the banner of jazz. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724358025224
catalogNumber:
80252

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dianne Reeves   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Nicholas Payton   Trumpet
Reuben Rogers   Bass
Peter Martin   Piano

Technical Credits

Frankie Laine   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Michael Leonard   Composer
Romero Lubambo   Arranger
Arif Mardin   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Richard Rogers   Composer
J. Stewart   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Peter Martin   Arranger
Billy Childs Trio   Arranger
Arif Martin   Producer

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A Little Moonlight 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
nice stylist