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Friday April 25, 2014

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sumptuous Jazz Tunes from Dianne Reeves
By: Rito P. Asilo

Dianne Reeves is known among sing-along aficionados for her hard-to-sing inspirational tune, “Better Days.” But, jazz lovers adore her for her improvised melodies and seamless technique—as her genre-redefining covers of Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You” and “My Funny Valentine” demonstrate.

The sophisticated 13-song lineup of “Beautiful Life,” her first album since 2008’s “When You Know,” is guaranteed to cool you down this summer, with lushly arranged and sublimely rendered songs that quickly grow on you.

You won’t find a repertoire as varied as Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” Stevie Nicks’ “Dreams,” Esperanza Spalding’s “Wild Rose,” Ani DiFranco’s “32 Flavors” and Lena Horne’s “Stormy Weather”—but, the 57-year-old jazz temptress gives them her own spin.

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