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Music Review: Dianne Reeves mixes jazz, soul on new CD

Music Review: Dianne Reeves mixes jazz, soul on new CD

Dianne Reeves, "Beautiful Life" (Concord)

March 4th, 2014 by CHARLES J. GANS, Associated Press in News

On her first studio album in five years, four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves comes back strong with a genre-crossing collection of 12 love-themed songs on which she infuses her impressive jazz stylings with a healthy dose of soul.

Reeves gets a major assist from producer Terri Lyne Carrington, who skillfully mixes and matches several dozen musicians - including rising stars Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper and Gregory Porter - to provide a distinctive multilayered backdrop with a rich palette of instrumental colors for each track.

The singer puts her own stamp on an eclectic selection of covers. These include a sultry version of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You," with Sean Jones adding simmering trumpet lines; a neo-soul take on Fleetwood Mac's soft-rock classic "Dreams," arranged by pianist Glasper; and a shimmering vocal duet with Lalah Hathaway on Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain." The only traditional standard is "Stormy Weather," which Reeves floats through in an extended 8-minute version, colorfully stretching the lyrics.

The new songs by Reeves and her session mates include the joyful "Feels So Good (Lifted)," embellished by a synth solo from Reeves' cousin George Duke, who died last year; Carrington's soulful "Satiated (Been Waiting)," with Reeves engaging in a seductive vocal duet with Porter; and the smoothly flowing "Wild Rose," featuring its composer Spalding on bass and background vocals.

Reeves best displays her virtuosity on her wordless, Latin-beat composition "Tango," with Raul Midon vocally imitating a trumpet, on which she improvises scat vocals, suddenly shifts tempos and makes full use of her impressive multi-octave range.

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diannereeves.com