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Midnight

Diane Schuur

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Album Review

On this set, Diane Schuur performs 13 songs written or co-written by Barry Manilow, most of which are new. On first glance, the project may not seem to have much potential, particularly if one thinks of Manilow's pop records. However, other than a charming vocal duet on the closing "Anytime," Manilow is not on this date and the emphasis is on Schuur's beautiful voice. Fortunately, she takes most of the songs pretty straight, sounding at her best throughout. Manilow proves to be an underrated songwriter, contributing some touching ballads and a few swingers while collaborating with some talented and often witty lyricists. A few of the songs are good enough to become standards (though the odds are against it) and there are some short horn solos along the way. Karrin Allyson duets with Schuur on the humorous "Stay Away from Bill," and singer Brian McKnight helps out on "I'll Be There." All in all, Midnight is a surprising success easily recommended to fans of Diane Schuur's voice.

Customer Reviews

Surprisingly solid...

I loved her album with the Count Basie Orchestra, but everything since has come up short in my opinion - until this. I am not a Manilow fan at all, but his work with Bette Midler - another artist I am not overly fond of - on the Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee songbooks made me reconsider. I got this one on the strength of those two Manilow efforts and I was not disappointed at all. Schuur avoids the screeching that she sometimes resorts to on her weaker efforts and she uses the midrange of her voice very effectively throughout this disk. I could have done without Brian McKnight, but the Karrin Allyson and Manilow duets are good. Booton line is that if you liked the Bette Midler/Barry Manilow colaborations, you will enjoy this one also.

Midnight

The duet with Brian Mcknight is lovely.

Biography

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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