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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Dianne Reeves represents a multitude of styles and approaches, ranging from pop to R&B to straight jazz. The Best of Dianne Reeves provides the listener with a generous collection that emphasizes these opposites. "Better Days" from Dianne Reeves, along with "You Taught My Heart to Sing" and the title cut from I Remember, are light and pretty, emphasizing her ability as a ballad singer. Much more interesting are "Endangered Species" and "Old Souls" from Art & Survival. Backed by infectious rhythms, textured arrangements, and heavy grooves, Reeves unleashes her dynamic vocals bolstered by chants, outbursts, and hymns. Two cuts allow the listener to compare ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Dianne Reeves represents a multitude of styles and approaches, ranging from pop to R&B to straight jazz. The Best of Dianne Reeves provides the listener with a generous collection that emphasizes these opposites. "Better Days" from Dianne Reeves, along with "You Taught My Heart to Sing" and the title cut from I Remember, are light and pretty, emphasizing her ability as a ballad singer. Much more interesting are "Endangered Species" and "Old Souls" from Art & Survival. Backed by infectious rhythms, textured arrangements, and heavy grooves, Reeves unleashes her dynamic vocals bolstered by chants, outbursts, and hymns. Two cuts allow the listener to compare Reeves to other notable singers. "River" from In the Moment offers a soulful, quiet take on Joni Mitchell's classic, while "Lullaby of Birdland," complete with big band backing, succeeds in offering a likable rendition of a Sarah Vaughan favorite, though it lacks the pizzazz that made the earlier version so vibrant. Reeves' performance of "Misty" receives its first U.S. release here, and it's a fine addition to this collection. The eclectic nature of The Best Of offers a fine introduction to Reeves, though it will undoubtedly confuse some. Is she a classic jazz diva, contemporary pop stylist, or an experimenter in African rhythms? The perceptive listener will answer that she is all of these, tied together by a lovely, powerful voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353586720
  • Catalog Number: 35867
  • Sales rank: 107,541

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Better Days (5:33)
  2. 2 I Remember Sky (4:28)
  3. 3 You Taught My Heart to Sing (6:18)
  4. 4 Endangered Species (3:24)
  5. 5 Old Souls (5:23)
  6. 6 Nine (4:50)
  7. 7 Testify (4:40)
  8. 8 Love for Sale (7:32)
  9. 9 Afro Blue (5:46)
  10. 10 River (7:36)
  11. 11 Lullaby of Birdland (4:42)
  12. 12 Misty (5:56)
  13. 13 Fascinating Rhythm (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dianne Reeves Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy Childs Piano
George Duke Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Synclavier, Tx-816
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Drums
John Beasley Piano
Reginald Veal Bass, Electric Bass, Background Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion
Eduardo del Barrio Synthesizer
Rocky Bryant Drums, Background Vocals
Stanley Clarke Bass
Luis Conte Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Kevin Eubanks Acoustic Guitar
Joe Heredia Drums
Wayne Holmes Background Vocals
Gregory Hutchinson Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Munyungo Jackson Percussion, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Caxixi, Shaker, Hand Percussion, Hi Hat, Moroccan Drum, Batanon
Tara Kiki Chant, Shouts
Billy Kilson Drums
Romero Lubambo Guitar
Mulgrew Miller Piano
Charnett Moffett Bass
Otmaro Ruíz Synthesizer, Piano, Background Vocals
Chris Severin Bass
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Rick Lawson Drums
Jimmy Johnson Fretless Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Billy Childs Arranger
George Duke Producer
Erroll Garner Composer
Eduardo del Barrio Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Munyungo Jackson Sound Effects
Ron McMaster Mastering
Cole Porter Composer
Dianne Reeves Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Charles Mims Jr. Producer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Jessica Novod Art Direction
Eddie Del Barrio Composer
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