Swingin' for Schuur

Swingin' for Schuur

by Diane Schuur
     
 
Matching singer Dianne Schurr with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and his band was one smart move. A full-throttle singer when she wants to be, Schurr is matched in intensity -- and range -- by Ferguson’s high-voltage trumpet and his driving, brassy ensemble. Schurr, of course, is so much more than a relentless belter, while Ferguson himself can be quite a tasteful

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Matching singer Dianne Schurr with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and his band was one smart move. A full-throttle singer when she wants to be, Schurr is matched in intensity -- and range -- by Ferguson’s high-voltage trumpet and his driving, brassy ensemble. Schurr, of course, is so much more than a relentless belter, while Ferguson himself can be quite a tasteful stylist (hear, for example, his restrained, at least for him, solos on “Love Letters” and “Midnight Sun”), and both get a chance to show off the broad spectrum of their talents. So while “Just One of Those Things,” “Besame Mucho,” “My Romance,” and “Autumn Leaves” head for the stratosphere, others, including, “Deep Purple,” ”Lush Life,” and “I Fall in Love Too Easily,” remain comfortably earthbound -- well, nearly -- and just as expressive for all that. What also mates Schurr and Ferguson is a mutual love of flat-out swinging, and that they do on every note of this successful collaboration.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Well regarded as one of our greatest living jazz singers, Schuur seems to enjoy album titles created out of puns of her name -- prior to this there was Friends for Schuur -- but don't let the novelties distract you from this sassy, explosively brassy swing project blending her inventive vocals with Ferguson's blistering trumpet and the ensemble energy of his Big Bop Nouveau Band. Aside from crisp performances by both, the real key to the success here is the unexpected arrangements of standards by various members of Ferguson's band. Two classics generally rendered as intimate ballads -- "Autumn Leaves" and "My Romance" -- are rendered as easy swaying, frisky finger-snapping romps. The interlude after the first verse on "Autumn Leaves" typifies the way Ferguson lets his guys jam before he steps up and challenges them with a powerful wailing flurry of high notes. "My Romance" finds Schuur moving out of her crystal clear midrange safety zone and reaching the high registers, with a few vocal notes matched at the end by the trumpet. Many of the arrangements are like baritone saxman Denis DiBlasio's twist on "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" -- Schuur gliding over a snappy but subdued jazz trio before Ferguson and company burst in with increasingly muscular horn textures, which then push her to emotional heights. Most of the songs incorporate such mood swings, but "Deep Purple" stays a slow, seductive, and subdued ballad the whole way through. Schuur once again proves she's an amazing vocalist who can sing along with the best of them. Is there another singer who's made duet recordings with both Ferguson and B.B. King?

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431498223
catalogNumber:
4982
Rank:
102113

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Performance Credits

Diane Schuur   Primary Artist
Maynard Ferguson   Track Performer
Denis DiBlasio   Baritone Saxophone
Jeff Rupert   Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Lashway   Piano
Mike Dubaniewicz   Alto Saxophone
Brian Stahurski   Bass
Brian Wolfe   Drums
Patrick Hession   Trumpet
Paul Armstrong   Trumpet
Pete Ferguson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

John Burk   Executive Producer
Dominic Camardella   Engineer
Denis DiBlasio   Arranger
Tom Garling   Arranger
Don Hahn   Engineer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Chip McNeill   Arranger
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
William Skip Rose   Producer
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Victor Young   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Reggie Watkins   Arranger
Paul Armstrong   Arranger

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