Midnight

Midnight

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by Diane Schuur
     
 

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On paper, hooking up jazz singer Diane Shuur with popmeister Barry Manilow may seem more than a bit ill conceived, but the results prove that unpredictability can sometimes pay off big. (Of course, Manilow fans are aware that their hero has been testing the waters of jazz for years, so that this collaboration has validity.) As producer and composer, Manilow deftly…  See more details below

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On paper, hooking up jazz singer Diane Shuur with popmeister Barry Manilow may seem more than a bit ill conceived, but the results prove that unpredictability can sometimes pay off big. (Of course, Manilow fans are aware that their hero has been testing the waters of jazz for years, so that this collaboration has validity.) As producer and composer, Manilow deftly exploits Schuur’s talents as a full-voiced vocalist, one who finds the heart of a song and extracts all the emotion within. Schuur is also joined by some heavyweight guests, including R&B crooner Brian McNight and jazz diva Karrin Allyson, both adding extra flavor to the collaborative stew. Longtime fans of Shuur, one of the most distinctive jazz singers of the past few decades, may be wary at first, but they can approach Midnight with assurance.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On this set, Diane Schuur performs 13 songs written or co-written by Barry Manilow, most of which are new. On first glance, the project may not seem to have much potential, particularly if one thinks of Manilow's pop records. However, other than a charming vocal duet on the closing "Anytime," Manilow is not on this date and the emphasis is on Schuur's beautiful voice. Fortunately, she takes most of the songs pretty straight, sounding at her best throughout. Manilow proves to be an underrated songwriter, contributing some touching ballads and a few swingers while collaborating with some talented and often witty lyricists. A few of the songs are good enough to become standards (though the odds are against it) and there are some short horn solos along the way. Karrin Allyson duets with Schuur on the humorous "Stay Away from Bill," and singer Brian McKnight helps out on "I'll Be There." All in all, Midnight is a surprising success easily recommended to fans of Diane Schuur's voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431220923
catalogNumber:
2209
Rank:
18222

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diane Schuur   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Barry Manilow   Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Peter Erskine   Drums
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Brian McKnight   Vocals
Karrin Allyson   Vocals
Eddie Arkin   Guitar,Soloist
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Alan Estes   Percussion,Vibes
Dan Higgins   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Phillip Ingram   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Kerber   Piano
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Bill Liston   Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Andy Martin   Trombone
Harvey Mason   Drums
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica,Soloist
Yvonne Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gayle Levant   Harp
Anthony Wilson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Arranger,Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement,Creation
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
Eddie Arkin   Arranger,Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement,Orchestral Arrangements,Creation
Patricia Arkin   Executive Producer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   rhythm arrangement,Orchestral Arrangements
Garry Kief   Executive Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer,Mastering
Marty Panzer   Composer
Bruce Sussman   Composer
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra   Arranger,Horn Arrangements

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Midnight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard about Diane through the grapevine and picked up Midnight and it has been in my CD player ever since. She brings to mind a female Frank Sinatra. You are transported to a NYC jazz club circa 1952. Her voice is so versatile,and Barry Manilow does an excellent job producing and writing a lot of the music. The first track Meet Me, Midnight is beautiful and the CD never lets up and includes some great duets with Brian McKnight and Barry. "Deedles" as she is affectionately known has won me over and I strongly suggest it for fans of female jazz vocals like Norah Jones and Diana Krall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diane Schuur's new album "Midnight" is a definite winner...if Concord does some promoting, she ought to get another grammy. Barry Manilow collaborated with her, and the songs are brilliant...especially "What Is Love?". The lyrics to that one are as clever as many old Gershwin tunes. All the songs are originals, written by Manilow and his partner Eddie Arkin, and include a couple that Johnny Mercer left unfinished. Ms Schuur is brilliant throughout.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diane Schuur's album Midnight includes all new songs, each one with fresh lyrics. Her clear, unambiguous voice is not over powered by the wonderful orchestra. Thank you Diane for another beautiful album.
PerryMasonjar More than 1 year ago
I love everything about Diane Schuur. Her life story alone is an inspiration and it becomes brilliantly clear in everything she has accomplished in her musical career. She has managed to triumph over adversity and it is something you can almost feel in her choice of songs and in the sound of her voice. It is magical and moving. I especially like "Stay Away From Bill" as the love of my life is a Bill and the song is antithetical to everything about my Bill. The collaboration with Barry Manilow is pure genius as he is the creative link to lyrics by Bruce Sussman, Eddie Arkin and Jonny Mercer! This is an album that a person can enjoy for decades to come.