Friends for Schuur

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
If you had friends like Dianne Schurr's you'd feature them on your album also. Joining the acclaimed vocalist on this collection of mostly duets are Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Bishop, Richard Cocciante, keyboardists Dave Grusin and Herbie Hancock, and the late, great tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. Highlights include a sexy "It Had to Be You" done with a very game Ray Charles; "Finally," with composer Stevie Wonder on hand, and "Easy Living," with Getz providing willing support. Even when she goes it alone, as she does on the affecting Burt Bacharach ballad "Never Take That Chance Again" or Gerry Goffin's "For the First Time," Schurr's lustrous voice and, well, ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
If you had friends like Dianne Schurr's you'd feature them on your album also. Joining the acclaimed vocalist on this collection of mostly duets are Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Bishop, Richard Cocciante, keyboardists Dave Grusin and Herbie Hancock, and the late, great tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. Highlights include a sexy "It Had to Be You" done with a very game Ray Charles; "Finally," with composer Stevie Wonder on hand, and "Easy Living," with Getz providing willing support. Even when she goes it alone, as she does on the affecting Burt Bacharach ballad "Never Take That Chance Again" or Gerry Goffin's "For the First Time," Schurr's lustrous voice and, well, sure delivery carry the day. Equally at home with both jazz and popular music, Schurr regularly erases boundaries when she takes on a song. Her technique is matched only by the heart she puts into each performance -- no wonder other notables want to work with her.
All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Diane Schuur, one of the greatest entertainers in the world, makes her Concord Jazz debut with Friends for Schuur and it is remarkable. Her multifaceted vocal artistry is featured in great company on 11 sensational songs including two "live" concerts that feature Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. There is even a digitally reintroduced version of "Easy Living," featuring the great Stan Getz. Diane Schuur is regal and she's soulful, passionate, and playful and her avid listeners know immediately that her voice has all the right qualities: technique, range, and adaptability to pop, jazz, gospel, and blues. "I'd Fly" is a definite smooth jazz hit. She sings its sexy, but beautifully contoured melody, romantic lyrics with such yearning and passion that this late-night romantic ballad should land solidly on the charts. Her duet with Stevie Wonder on "Finally" is prime. Her "live" duet with Ray Charles on "It Had to Be You" is packed full of soul, and all the while, you know you're in the middle of something amazing. The great songwriters Alan Bergman and Dave Grusin place their inimitable stamp on the essential "It Might Be You Theme From Tootsie" and with Schuur's heartfelt vocals, it clearly remains one of the best songs of the 20th century. Friends for Schuur brings you the new first lady of jazz at the height of her award-winning career. With it, Diane Schuur becomes the consummate entertainer whose dreams are forever intertwined with the greatest names in jazz and contemporary music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431489825
  • Catalog Number: 4898
  • Sales rank: 75,688

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diane Schuur Primary Artist, Piano (Grand)
Alan Broadbent Piano
Terri Lyne Carrington Drums
Herbie Hancock Piano
Michael Thompson Guitar
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Riccardo Cocciante Vocals
Tom Fowler Bass
Alex Al Bass
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Alan Bergman Track Performer
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Dave Grusin Piano
Jim Hughart Bass
Curtis King Background Vocals
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Dean Parks Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer
Randy Waldman Synthesizer
Stevie Wonder Harmonica, Vocals
Gregg Field Drums
Randy Jacobs Guitar
Technical Credits
Alan Broadbent Arranger
Herbie Hancock Arranger
Diane Schuur Arranger
John Burk Executive Producer
Ken Freeman Engineer
Don Hahn Engineer
Rob Mathes Vocal Arrangements
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Greg Phillinganes Arranger
Phil Ramone Producer
Randy Waldman Arranger
Mark Wilder Mastering
Jeff Sedlik Cover Photo, Tray Photo
Glen Barros Liner Notes, Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Schuur is Wonderful.

    Friends For Schuur is DIANE SCHUUR¿S first recording for Concord Records and she sounds as dynamic as ever. But Diane¿s not flying solo as she¿s enlisted plenty of her friends and they are Friends For Schuur. The album is chock full of stellar collaborations beginning with a digitally reintroduced Stan Getz sax solo on a rendition of ¿Easy Living¿ and finishing with a take on Stevie Wonder¿s ¿I Just Called To Say I Love You¿ featuring Herbie Hancock and ¿Finally¿, a brand new Wonder track on which Stevie lends both vocals and a harmonica solo. The rest of the album is rich throughout with Alan Bergman & Dave Grusin contributing to a luscious version of ¿It Might Be You (theme from ¿Tootsie¿)¿ and Ray Charles matching vocals on an inspired live version of ¿It Had To Be You¿. Another highlight is ¿Red Cab To Manhattan¿ which has a wonderful pop chorus, one that might help this song nestle in perfectly at adventurous Adult Contemporary radio. Produced by Phil Ramone, this eclectic album magnificently showcases Diane¿s multi-faceted vocal artistry.

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