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Some Other Time
     

Some Other Time

by Diane Schuur
 
For her entry into the increasingly popular Great American Songbook subgenre, Diane Schuur de-emphasizes the vocal histrionics that in the past have come close to spoiling some of her recordings and maintains a steady, clear, exuberant tone. Good move: one of Schuur's gifts is her multi-octave range, but she has often over-relied on it at the expense of whatever song

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For her entry into the increasingly popular Great American Songbook subgenre, Diane Schuur de-emphasizes the vocal histrionics that in the past have come close to spoiling some of her recordings and maintains a steady, clear, exuberant tone. Good move: one of Schuur's gifts is her multi-octave range, but she has often over-relied on it at the expense of whatever song she was singing. Here, she takes to the classic compositions of George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, and the like with a respectfulness and glee that allow her to frame and expose these culturally embedded lyrics and melodies without beating on them. If anything, Schuur is overly cautious at times -- there's a girl-like quality to her voice here that belies her 50-plus years, and she sometimes lays back where before she might have trampled. But she's clearly enjoying this repertoire; it's as if, by exploring these ancient tunes, she's discovered a fountain of youth along the way. Accompanied by longtime pianist Randy Porter, as well as guitarist Dan Balmer, bassist Scott Steed, and drummer Reggie Jackson, Schuur largely stays in a ballad-to-midtempo range on standards like "Blue Skies," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "My Favorite Things," and Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's "It's Magic." She's comfortable there, and the lack of a hurried pace allows her to utilize her still impressive range to get the most from the tunes without falling into the trap of milking them.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072306141
catalogNumber:
30614
Rank:
141725

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Performance Credits

Diane Schuur   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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