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Some Other Time

Diane Schuur

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Album Review

For her entry into the increasingly popular Great American Songbook subgenre, Diane Schuur de-emphasizes the vocal histrionics that in the past have come close to spoiling some of her recordings and maintains a steady, clear, exuberant tone. Good move: one of Schuur's gifts is her multi-octave range, but she has often over-relied on it at the expense of whatever song she was singing. Here, she takes to the classic compositions of George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, and the like with a respectfulness and glee that allow her to frame and expose these culturally embedded lyrics and melodies without beating on them. If anything, Schuur is overly cautious at times — there's a girl-like quality to her voice here that belies her 50-plus years, and she sometimes lays back where before she might have trampled. But she's clearly enjoying this repertoire; it's as if, by exploring these ancient tunes, she's discovered a fountain of youth along the way. Accompanied by longtime pianist Randy Porter, as well as guitarist Dan Balmer, bassist Scott Steed, and drummer Reggie Jackson, Schuur largely stays in a ballad-to-midtempo range on standards like "Blue Skies," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "My Favorite Things," and Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's "It's Magic." She's comfortable there, and the lack of a hurried pace allows her to utilize her still impressive range to get the most from the tunes without falling into the trap of milking them.

Customer Reviews

Diane's Standards

This cd is a return of sorts for Diane, she's covered a myriad of standards on her various albums but very few in her catalog are dedicated to the all standard format and those that are are augmented by a big band or full orchestra backing. This cd is Diane interpreting standards backed by only rhythm section which really makes her maturing voice and subdued readings stand out that much more. An interesting track is track 12, with it's worn tape sound which is authentic since the song was recorded live in 1964. Diane's voice may have burnished a bit with time but given the evidence of the vintage recording not that much. "My Favorite Things" which has become a Christmas standard will probably be added to radio stations holiday playlist, it certainly is deserving. With her last album "Live In London" released on a Universal label I thougt she left Concord, I'm glad to see that's not the case as Concord is a terrific label that really supports it's artists. When Diane signed to the Concord label her output has just gotton so much better and the quality of the releases eclipes her early eighties albums when signed to GRP. Overall all the tracks are standout and I'd say this cd is a worthy addition to Diane's impressive catalog.

Diane is wonderful!

Diane is one of the very best in the business and this album is no exception. Very good production also.

Some Other Time

At first I thought many of these songs have been done before by Ella and Billie and couldn't be improved upon but I found the arrangements to be very refreshing and breathing new life into these standards. ( check out Blue Skies!) Ms Schuur's singing is first rate and there are not many like her out there. Love and peace Guy Piano

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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