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Album Review

Released in 1989, Collection sums up Diane Schuur's first five GRP albums, a period when she achieved a level of acclaim that tailed off somewhat in the '90s. What has been gathered together here is often very impressive, her rich, full voice keening over carefully wrought, beautifully recorded lush backdrops (with real or electronic strings), swinging over some fine big bands, or coming to terms with '80s jazz funksters. Strangely, there is only one selection from her live-in-the-studio collaboration Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra, which is the best overall album from this period (it features guitarist Freddie Green's last recorded performance) — while the other albums (Deedles, Schuur Thing, Timeless, Talkin' 'Bout You) get multiple representation. It's quite possible that Schuur has never topped the leadoff track, Ivan Lins' beguiling "Love Dance" — with her sponsor Stan Getz weaving a magic spell, this is a great example of the right material meeting the right singer and the right backing. Dave Grusin, Johnny Mandel, Billy May, Pat Williams, and Jeremy Lubbock are the arrangers whose tracks were chosen — and everything has the brilliant sonic sheen that turned on the audiophile crowd early in the CD era. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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Summing Up Phase One

Most of Diane's GRP output is now out of print, this album collects titles from her first five releases. For 1989, this cd is well mastered, it may come off a little quiet on the ipod. Diane's 1988 album "Talkin' 'bout You" was the first album to hit the chopping block but thankfully the song "Louisiana Sunday Afternoon" from that album; a radio hit and a song that references Diane's vocal ability is here. This collection brings together in a comprehensive single package some of Diane's finest performances.

Excellent album!

I truly love Diane Shuur's vocals! She is a master at transforming each and every song to make it come alive. She is able to make each song speak to you in a very personal way. Simply beautiful!!!


Diane Schuur is a Vocalist on par with the Greats of Ella and Billie and Sarah and Anita O'Day...Those of Us who are in the Know
recognize her prowess and Talent and to see her LIVE is to witness True Greatness !! This compliation only touches the surface of
her Great work... I feel blessed to have seen her live....She is ONE OF A KIND !! xo


Born: December 10, 1953 in Tacoma, WA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Diane Schuur, who has sometimes been on the periphery of jazz, balances her importance as a dedicated jazz singer with the inclusion of a large dose of pop tunes in her repertoire. Early in her career she had the tendency to screech in her upper register, but with maturity that flaw has largely disappeared and she has become a very impressive singer. Blinded at birth due to a hospital accident, Schuur (who would later be nicknamed "Deedles") imitated singers as a child. She had her first gig at a...
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