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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD could have been titled Finally! Dianne Reeves has long had the potential to be the top female jazz singer, but so many of her previous recordings were erratic as she skipped back and forth between idioms without committing herself. However, after years of flirting with jazz and being seemingly undecided whether she would rather be a pop star, she at last came out with a full jazz album in 1996, and it is a gem. The supporting cast on the ten selections which feature different personnel on each cut is remarkable and everyone gets a chance to play: trumpeters Clark Terry and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoists Phil Woods and Bobby Watson, tenorman James Moody, trombonist ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD could have been titled Finally! Dianne Reeves has long had the potential to be the top female jazz singer, but so many of her previous recordings were erratic as she skipped back and forth between idioms without committing herself. However, after years of flirting with jazz and being seemingly undecided whether she would rather be a pop star, she at last came out with a full jazz album in 1996, and it is a gem. The supporting cast on the ten selections which feature different personnel on each cut is remarkable and everyone gets a chance to play: trumpeters Clark Terry and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoists Phil Woods and Bobby Watson, tenorman James Moody, trombonist Al Grey, harmonica great Toots Thielemans on "Besame Mucho", pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Rodney Whitaker, and drummer Herlin Riley. In addition, Joe Williams shares the vocal spotlight on "Let Me Love You" and a touching version of "Tenderly," Germaine Bazzle sings along with Reeves on "Side by Side," and a rendition of Charlie Ventura's "Ha!" has a vocal group consisting of Reeves, Bazzle, Terry, Moody, and the young Kimberley Longstreth. Other highlights include Nat Adderley's "Old Country," "Some Other Spring," and "Cherokee." Despite the heavy "competition," the leader emerges as the star of the set due to her beautiful voice and highly expressive singing. This highly recommended CD is the Dianne Reeves release to get.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/1996
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724383826827
  • Catalog Number: 38268
  • Sales rank: 55,011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Country (5:04)
  2. 2 Cherokee (3:22)
  3. 3 Besame Mucho (8:11)
  4. 4 Let Me Love You (3:45)
  5. 5 Tenderly (4:51)
  6. 6 After Hours (6:04)
  7. 7 Ha! (3:25)
  8. 8 Some Other Spring (5:25)
  9. 9 Side by Side (5:07)
  10. 10 I'm Okay (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dianne Reeves Primary Artist, Vocals
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Al Grey Trombone
James Moody Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Bobby Watson Alto Saxophone
Joe Williams Vocals
Herlin Riley Drums
Kenny Barron Piano
Germaine Bazzle Vocals
Clark Terry Trumpet, Vocals
Toots Thielemans Harmonica
Rodney Whitaker Bass
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Kimberley Longstreth Vocals
Technical Credits
David Torkanowsky Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Kenwood Dennard Arranger
Eduardo del Barrio Arranger
James Farber Mastering
Roger Holmes Arranger, Contributor, Arrangement Transcription
Dianne Reeves Arranger
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Paul Zinman Mastering
Bruce Lundvall Executive Producer
Darcy Cloutier-Fernald Art Direction
Sunny Skylar Composer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Bart Howard Composer
Mark Gordon Composer
Eddie Del Barrio Composer
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