The Best of Dianne Reeves

The Best of Dianne Reeves

by Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves


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Dianne Reeves represents a multitude of styles and approaches, ranging from pop to R&B to straight jazz. The Best of Dianne Reeves provides the listener with a generous collection that emphasizes these opposites. "Better Days" from Dianne Reeves, along with "You Taught My Heart to Sing" and the title cut from I Remember, are light and pretty, emphasizing her ability as a ballad singer. Much more interesting are "Endangered Species" and "Old Souls" from Art & Survival. Backed by infectious rhythms, textured arrangements, and heavy grooves, Reeves unleashes her dynamic vocals bolstered by chants, outbursts, and hymns. Two cuts allow the listener to compare Reeves to other notable singers. "River" from In the Moment offers a soulful, quiet take on Joni Mitchell's classic, while "Lullaby of Birdland," complete with big band backing, succeeds in offering a likable rendition of a Sarah Vaughan favorite, though it lacks the pizzazz that made the earlier version so vibrant. Reeves' performance of "Misty" receives its first U.S. release here, and it's a fine addition to this collection. The eclectic nature of The Best Of offers a fine introduction to Reeves, though it will undoubtedly confuse some. Is she a classic jazz diva, contemporary pop stylist, or an experimenter in African rhythms? The perceptive listener will answer that she is all of these, tied together by a lovely, powerful voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2002
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724353586720
catalogNumber: 35867
Rank: 91534

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dianne Reeves   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Childs   Piano
George Duke   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Synclavier,Tx-816
Marvin "Smitty" Smith   Drums
John Beasley   Piano
Reginald Veal   Bass,Electric Bass,Background Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Eduardo del Barrio   Synthesizer
Rocky Bryant   Drums,Background Vocals
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Luis Conte   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Kevin Eubanks   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Heredia   Drums
Wayne Holmes   Background Vocals
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Caxixi,Shaker,Hand Percussion,Hi Hat,Moroccan Drum,Batanon
Tara Kiki   Chant,Shouts
Billy Kilson   Drums
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Mulgrew Miller   Piano
Charnett Moffett   Bass
Otmaro Ruíz   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Chris Severin   Bass
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Rick Lawson   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Fretless Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Billy Childs   Arranger
George Duke   Producer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Eduardo del Barrio   Producer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Munyungo Jackson   Sound Effects
Cole Porter   Composer
Dianne Reeves   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Charles Mims   Producer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Jessica Novod   Art Direction
Eddie Del Barrio   Composer

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