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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. 

Customer Reviews

C45

I don’t hate it, but I was very disappointed after the first four tracks. Ms. Reeves vocals are not as strong as they have been in the past. “Dreams” (four stars) is the highlight of this effort.

Tango

Will you Tango with me Dianne Reeves? What a ravishing song — the uptime tempo change towards the end rocked it.

Sexy, Funky and Earthy Awesomeness!!!

I have been a big fan of Ms. Reeves for a long time and nothing has changed with this new CD. It's a Beautiful Production from an all-star cast of super musicians. So much talent in the room...and I am stuck on 32 Flavors right now. I love the Slick/non Slick-ness of it all.

Biography

Born: October 23, 1956 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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