Dianne Reeves is beyond your peripheral vision so you might want to turn your head! She’s 32 Flavors and then some. She’s got her life back, her swagger, and is definitely not frozen in the photographs of who she used to be. These are just a few lyrics from several of the songs included on Dianne Reeves’ upcoming debut release for Concord Records titled Beautiful Life. Those lyrics could very well apply to the four-time GRAMMY Award- winning vocalist or any of her fans as witnessed by her recent appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles when Ms. Reeves gave her fans a glimpse into her new musical direction that comes after a five-year hiatus from the recording studio as a leader.
The recording showcases Ms. Reeves’ awe-inspiring gifts by combining elements of R&B, Latin and Pop styles within the framework of 21st Century Jazz. “At its essence, life is beautiful and I wanted to celebrate that which is too often overlooked,” says Reeves. Truer words were never spoken since this recording brings back the joy, the smiles, and wipes away the tears. She loves the right way on “I Want You.” She unbreaks her heart on “Cold.” She uncries the tears and is reasserting on “32 Flavors,” and lets go and gets uplifted on “In Full Bloom.” The music is life-changing and now hers is a Beautiful Life.
Produced by Grammy award-winning drummer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life features an all-star cast that includes bassists Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona, Sheila E., Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, vocalists Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway, pianists Robert Glasper and Gerald Clayton and Reeves’cousin and frequent longtime collaborator, the great George Duke, among others.
Dianne’s impressive covers of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and Ani DiFranco’s self-empowering “32 Flavors” reflect her vocal virtuosity on several different levels. Her creative treatment of “Stormy Weather” is an interpretation that shouldn't be missed. The slow emotive beauty that she delivers on all of these songs by way of her exemplary improvisations, varied vocal range and inimitable elongated phrasings are indelible arts that stay with you long after the songs are over.
“Tango” features Dianne’s world-class improvised vocalese (wordless vocals) that anyone in the world can relate to even if the song doesn’t have lyrics. It’s all about the melody, the harmony, the rhythm, and the way she delves deep into the essence of the music to captivate her listeners. Sequenced within the remaining tracks are two new songs titled “Cold” and “Satiated.” The emotional ballads both feature her cousin and long-time collaborator, the late maestro George Duke on keyboards.
About Dianne Reeves
Ms. Reeves, a four-time Grammy winner, has recorded and extensively performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.” Ms. Reeves has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. In addition, she was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Ms. Reeves appeared throughout George Clooney’s award winning Good Night and Good Luck and performed every song on the Grammy-winning soundtrack. More recently, Ms. Reeves embarked on a world tour and sings songs that are included on Beautiful Life.
Dianne’s acclaimed vocal range, commanding tones, and impeccable story telling are absolutely amazing throughout Beautiful Life. Leading her core working band and guest musicians, she turns in a stellar debut for Concord Records that is sure to be ranked among her most prized achievements. For more information about the great Dianne Reeves, please visit her website at www.diannereeves.com.