Midnight

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431220923
  • Catalog Number: 2209
  • Sales rank: 66,709

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Meet Me, Midnight (2:58)
  2. 2 When October Goes (4:49)
  3. 3 Stay Away from Bill - Karrin Allyson (3:49)
  4. 4 I'll Be There - Brian McKnight (4:19)
  5. 5 Consider the Point from Both Ends (4:12)
  6. 6 What Is Love? (3:31)
  7. 7 He Loved Me (4:06)
  8. 8 Southwind (2:39)
  9. 9 Our Love Will Always Be There (3:32)
  10. 10 No Heartache Tonight (3:32)
  11. 11 Good-Bye My Love (3:58)
  12. 12 Life Is Good (4:02)
  13. 13 Anytime (3:01)
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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 Sr. Bass
Bill Liston Clarinet, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Warren Luening Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Andy Martin Trombone
Harvey Mason Sr. 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Schuur's "Midnight" is a sure bet to become a jazz classic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank you for a beautiful album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her Best in a Long Time

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classy, Elegant, and Magical!!!!

    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.

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