Monday October 13, 2014
‘This Is A New Time’ — And Dianne Reeves Finds Her Place In It
By: Claire Dickson
Last February, vocalist Dianne Reeves graced the world of recorded music with her rich voice and crystal clear vocal interpretations for the first time in five years. Every track on her new album, “Beautiful Life,” produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, features a different ensemble.
Collectively, the musicians (including Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, and Lalah Hathaway), read like a modern “who’s who” of jazz musicians. Each supports Reeves as she brings her versatility and creativity to new arrangements of pop hits like Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and standards like Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather” as well as originals by Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, and Geri Allen.
World Music/CRASHarts will be presenting Reeves at the Berklee Performance Center Oct. 18. She’ll be performing music from her new album with Gerald Clayton on piano, Romero Lubambo on guitar, James Genus on bass, and Terreon Gully on drums.
I spoke with Reeves about her new album, her voice, and how she keeps her music relevant.
To read the interview click here