"Beautiful Life" by Dianne Reeves on iTunes

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four-time GRAMMY® winner Dianne Reeves returns with her first album in five years, featuring two superb new songs—“Cold” and “Satiated (Been Waiting)”—along with covers of Marvin Gaye (“I Want You”), Bob Marley (“Waiting in Vain”), Fleetwood Mac (“Dreams”), and Harold Arlen’s timeless classic “Stormy Weather.” Producer Terri Lynne Carrington keeps the sounds and arrangements true to Reeves’ stature, with classy, tasteful, and natural being words that spring to mind. An all-star cast makes musical appearances, from Esperanza Spalding, Sheila E., Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, and Raul Midon to Robert Glasper, Sean Jones, Gerald Clayton, and Reeves’ late cousin and longtime collaborator George Duke, who was attending several of his final sessions. Ani DiFranco’s “32 Flavors” receives a funky, mildly hip-hop vibe. Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” here sounds like it was written for Reeves. Spalding’s “Wild Rose” flows between jazz and R&B with a sophisticated adult-contemporary touch. Tineke Postma’s soprano saxophone guides the way for “Stormy Weather,” where Reeves lets her flawless phrasing take the song to the heavens. Timeless and spectacular. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four-time GRAMMY® winner Dianne Reeves returns with her first album in five years, featuring two superb new songs—“Cold” and “Satiated (Been Waiting)”—along with covers of Marvin Gaye (“I Want You”), Bob Marley (“Waiting in Vain”), Fleetwood Mac (“Dreams”), and Harold Arlen’s timeless classic “Stormy Weather.” Producer Terri Lynne Carrington keeps the sounds and arrangements true to Reeves’ stature, with classy, tasteful, and natural being words that spring to mind. An all-star cast makes musical appearances, from Esperanza Spalding, Sheila E., Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, and Raul Midon to Robert Glasper, Sean Jones, Gerald Clayton, and Reeves’ late cousin and longtime collaborator George Duke, who was attending several of his final sessions. Ani DiFranco’s “32 Flavors” receives a funky, mildly hip-hop vibe. Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” here sounds like it was written for Reeves. Spalding’s “Wild Rose” flows between jazz and R&B with a sophisticated adult-contemporary touch. Tineke Postma’s soprano saxophone guides the way for “Stormy Weather,” where Reeves lets her flawless phrasing take the song to the heavens. Timeless and spectacular. 

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

55 Ratings

Beautiful, soulful soundtrack

altful,

Reeves soulful and sexy voice puts anew spin on old songs

Beautiful Music

Sir. Michael,

It's high season for love (Valentines Day 2014) and the soulful Dianne Reeves is right-on-time. Beautiful Life is a lush, R&B inspired, treatment of love songs. Her cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You," and Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," are outstanding. There is also something for fans of Dianne's jazz singing. The wordless "Tango," is by far the standout cut on this set and her take on Lena Horne's "Stormy Weather." Is sumptuous. While certain tracks suffer from too much studio polish, "32 Flavors" for example, Beautiful Life is a beautiful album. Dianne Reeves is a beautiful singer and we are so lucky to have this music from her.

About Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves has been one of the top singers in jazz ever since the late '80s. A logical successor to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae (although even she can't reach the impossible heights of Ella and Sarah Vaughan), Reeves is a superior interpreter of lyrics and a skilled scat singer. She was a talented vocalist with an attractive voice even as a teenager when she sang and recorded with her high school band. She was encouraged by Clark Terry, who had her perform with him while she was a college student at the University of Colorado.

There have been many times when Reeves has explored music beyond jazz. She did session work in Los Angeles starting in 1976, toured with Caldera, worked with Sergio Mendes in 1981, and toured with Harry Belafonte between 1983 and 1986. Reeves began recording as a leader in 1982 and became a regular at major jazz festivals. Her earlier recordings tended to be quite eclectic and many of her live performances have included original, African-inspired folk music (which is often autobiographical), world music, and pop.

After signing with Blue Note in 1987, however, and particularly since 1994, Reeves has found her place in jazz, recording several classic albums along the way, most notably I Remember, The Grand Encounter, The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan, and A Little Moonlight. In 2005, she appeared onscreen singing '50s standards in the George Clooney film Good Night, And Good Luck. When You Know was released in 2008. Reeves left Blue Note in 2009. After touring and an extended break, she eventually signed with Concord and began working on a new record produced by Terri Lynne Carrington. The pair enlisted an all-star cast including Esperanza Spalding, Sheila E, Robert Glasper, and George Duke (who passed away shortly after the album was completed). Beautiful Life was released just in time for Valentine's Day, 2014. ~ Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    Detroit, MI
  • BORN
    Oct 23, 1956

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