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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. 

Customer Reviews

Beautiful Life

Excellent from top to bottom. IT'S Great to hear her voice once again

Beautiful, soulful soundtrack

Reeves soulful and sexy voice puts anew spin on old songs

Beautiful Music

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.


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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